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South Africa apologise to Australia on Sonny Bill Williams mask incident

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Cary Erickson | 12 March, 2018, 03:29

Bad blood between the teams continues to bubble, although they are on the same page regarding reports about potential ball-tampering implications of tape on David Warner's hand.

Candice had an encounter with Williams 11 years ago, before she had met Warner and South African fans hoped to use that to antagonise the opening batsman.

"Questions will be asked".

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.

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.

Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing, while Kazi is the body's head of communications. Both officials are under investigation for associating themselves with the unsavoury attempt to embarrass Warner and wife Candice, who had attended day one at St George's Park with the couple's two children.

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".

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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".

Warner has already been at the centre of controversy in this Test series after a run in with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who allegedly taunted the Australian vice-captain about his wife, was released via CCTV.

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

An image from video footage showing Australian players holding David Warner back during an altercation with South Africa's Quintin de Kock.

Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points after being slapped with a charge of "bringing the game into disrepute".

Also on day two, the ICC charged Rabada for making physical contact with Steve Smith after dismissing him in Australia's first innings.