Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks

South African Officials Under Fire For Posing With Fans Wearing Sonny Bill Williams Masks

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.

Kazi denied that his actions amounted to support for those wearing the masks.

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.

Australian netball great Liz Ellis has slammed South African cricket fans' use of Sonny Bill Williams masks, as the ongoing spat between the two sides shows no signs of abating.

It was a remark from Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock during the first test about Warner's wife that ignited a fit of rage, with the Australia vice-captain later dubbing that comment "vile and disgusting". CSA president Chris Nenzani apologized to the Australian cricket board, the team management, players and their families for the incident.

There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this.

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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".

Back in 2007, Candice was controversially pictured in a bathroom cubicle with Williams.

"Cricket Australia spoke to Cricket South Africa officials yesterday to express disappointment with this matter and events that unfolded off-field Friday at St George's Park", a CA spokesperson said.

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

According to respected cricket writer Peter Lalor, South African batsmen complained to umpires about it.

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