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

Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

The photograph, taken on the first day of the second test in Port Elizabeth on Friday, shows Cricket South Africa's commercial and marketing head, Clive Eksteen, and communications head Altaaf Kazi standing and smiling with three men wearing masks with the face of New Zealand rugby global Sonny Bill Williams.

During the course of play on the first day, a couple of CSA executives were photographed with the fans wearing masks, which indirectly related to the spat between Warner and De Kock.

Warner had donned the same bandages on day three of the second Test.

Warner wears the strapping tape because he's broken his left thumb twice and left index finger once, while there is also a hot spot on the hand resulting from a knock suffered during last month's Twenty20 tri-series.

Relations between the two teams have already been strained with Warner needing to be restrained by teammates in a stairwell on the way to the dressing room in Durban as he reacted angrily to Quinton de Kock's sledge about his wife.

Cricket South Africa released a statement distancing itself from the action.

"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.

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

DAVID Warner has made a stand and given a touching tribute to wife Candice after a week in which the mother-of-two has been mocked over a decade-old off-field incident.

Candice had a tryst more than 10 years ago with Williams.

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".

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.

The masks were banned initially by venue security, but CSA overruled that order on Friday.

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

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