Warner v de Kock spat exposes Australian sledging hypocrisy... again

Warner v de Kock spat exposes Australian sledging hypocrisy... again

Warner v de Kock spat exposes Australian sledging hypocrisy... again

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 ugly incident has followed him to St George's Park, where Cricket South Africa left its Cricket Australia counterparts incredulous by allowing fans into the ground with Sonny Bill Williams masks - a shocking reference to Candice Warner's association with the rugby star over 10 years ago.

Warner has been embroiled in a sledging battle throughout the Test series, particularly with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

The masks were likely to have been worn to taunt Australian batsman David Warner, whose wife reportedly had an encounter with Williams in 2007 before meeting Warner. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break. De Kock was subsequently fined.

Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi have been ordered to CSA headquarters in Johannesburg for a meeting, and the chances are high that they could lose their jobs. "They said 'let's take a photo with you guys", Kazi said.

Kazi denied the CSA officials photographed were supportive of the baiting towards Warner. "I think they're obviously looking for something to pin on him; he's one step away from suspension as we've heard over the last week", former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris said on the Nine Network. "We're very clear from a stadium perspective that we monitor the behaviour and language of fans".

CSA's statement quoted president Chris Nenzani as saying‚ "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia‚ its officials‚ team management‚ players and their families".

"While CSA respects the rights of its fans to represent their own points of view, CSA does not associate itself with these actions and urges all Protea supporters from refraining from being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters", read a statement.

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