CSA suits in hot water over Sonny Bill masks


Ex-NRL star Williams and the former ironwoman - then known as Candice Falzon - were infamously snapped in a bathroom tryst at the Clovelly Hotel back in 2007, many years before her relationship with Warner.

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.

An apologetic Cricket South Africa (CSA) is in damage control over a photograph showing two of its officials posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in Port Elizabeth.

The masks, which Cricket South Africa labeled "distasteful" on Saturday when the picture became public, were being used by a small number of fans at the ground in Port Elizabeth to taunt Warner.

Altaaf Kazi was one of the CSA executives pictured with the fans and attempted explained what happened stressing the photo didn't mean they entirely supported the masks.

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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", CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

He is now a figure of hate in South Africa after his confrontation with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in a fractious first test in Durban last weekend. However it is understood security were initially confiscating the masks at the gate until CSA reversed the move.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process.

They also cleared that the board has taken necessary action over the involved officials in the matter.

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