CSA officials face action over Sonny Bill masks

South Africa apologise to Australia on Sonny Bill Williams mask incident

South African officials have come under fire for posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in a move which was meant to provoke David Warner following last week's ugly dressing room fracas between the Australian vice-captain and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

The masks were worn to goad Australia opener and vice-captain David Warner whose wife was allegedly involved with the All Blacks rugby star at some point in the past.

Candice had an encounter with Williams 11 years ago, before she had met Warner and South African fans hoped to use that to antagonise the opening batsman.

The photographs, taken on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test, have since gone viral on social media.

Warner is in charge of shining the ball for the tourists, and was using a heavily taped left hand to rub the ball on his trousers.

After an ugly feud with South African keeper-bat Quinton de Kock during the first Test in Durban last week, Warner has reason to be aggrieved during the ongoing second Test too.

While sports fans often engage in questionable behavior at stadiums, officials Eksteen, a former South Africa player, and Kazi are accused of condoning the taunting of Warner and his wife by South African supporters.

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"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", commented CSA President Chris Nenzani.

CSA said Eksteen and Kazi were now subject to "internal processes".

The presence of the Williams' masks are made all the worse considering Candice and Warners' two children are believed to be in attendance at the Test match.

The Proteas supporters wore those masks in a bid to rile up Warner.

The masks were banned initially by venue security at St George's Park, but CSA overruled that order on Friday.

Having most likely copped all kinds of abuse from the Australians during his near four-hour stint at the crease, one retort from de Kock was enough for Warner and his teammates to insist that the little wicketkeeper had "crossed the line".

Both players were charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

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