Cricket South Africa apologises CA and David Warner

Cricket: South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks

Two officials from Cricket South Africa are on the verge of being sacked after a photograph emerged that shows them grinning alongside fans wearing "disgraceful" Sonny Bill Williams masks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian team were "outraged" by a decision to allow the masks to be brought into the ground. Following this latest test, South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for the rest of the series for a couple of acts during the Test including his physical confrontation with Australian captain Steve Smith on day one of the match. The day before the Port Elizabeth Test, social media posts, including one by a reporter (who is not working on this game) with the host broadcaster SuperSport shared photographs of fans making Williams' masks and of a songbook with lyrics containing vulgar and derogatory language.

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.

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.

CSA president Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families.

Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing, while Kazi is the body's head of communications.

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.

Candice has expressed her regret over a sexual encounter with the footballer more than 10 years ago.

The statement urged South African supporters to refrain from "being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters".

Australia's David Warner (L) and South Africa's Quinton de Kock (R).

It means the opener will automatically cop a suspension if charged by the ICC during the next two years.

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