CSA officials face action over SBW masks

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday

It's the latest controversy involving Warner and comes just hours after Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials were forced to apologise for a photograph showing two of its officials posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks.

It was earlier reported that fans planning to attend the second test in Port Elizabeth were preparing by making Sonny Bill Williams masks to taunt Warner.

It's understood the venue initially banned the masks, as per the tourists' request, but Eksteen and Kazi then intervened.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Cricket South Africa distanced itself from the action of the officials, marketing manager Clive Eksteen and communications manager Altaaf Kazi.

If that wasn't bad enough, two Cricket South Africa executives chose to take a picture with fans donning the masks clearly used to bait Warner, whose wife Candice was controversially pictured in a bathroom cubicle with the New Zealand rugby star back in 2007.

News of the masks - produced to try and annoy David Warner - being worn inside the stadium hit the headlines on day one but it only later emerged that two CSA officials were caught in the storm.

That incident is behind a fiery exchange between Warner and South Africa's Quentin de Kock during the First Test.

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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.

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA President Chris Nenzani was quoted as sating by ESPNcricinfo.

Candice Warner was associated with Williams in a well-publicised toilet incident in Sydney in 2007.

David Warner's tumultuous tour of South Africa has gotten more dramatic, with the South Africans accusing him of cheating according to The Australian.

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the CSA officials allegedly involved in this incident and will follow the organisation's normal internal processes in this regard".

Rabada denies the contact was intentional but faces being banned for the final two tests of the series if found guilty.

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