South African cricket officials forced to apologise for Sonny Bill masks

Kagiso Rabada starred for South Africa on day one of the second test against Australia

South African officials have come under fire for posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in a move which was meant to provoke David Warner following last week's ugly dressing room fracas between the Australian vice-captain and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

Warner's wife, Candice Warner, had a sexual encounter with Williams in a hotel toilet in Australia in 2007 before her relationship with the cricketer began.

It comes after Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock were involved in a heated stoush toward the end of the First Test in Durban, with de Kock allegedly making a taunt about Warner's wife.

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Warner, who suffered a fractured left thumb in 2015, had heavy strapping over much of his left palm on day two of the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

Cape Town - Australia's David Warner, who featured a heavily strapped hand during play on the second day of the second Test against the Proteas, has been accused of ball tampering.

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

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A day later CSA issued an apology to the Warner family and Cricket Australia, and the two officials in the photo - commercial manager Clive Eksteen and media and communications manager Altaaf Khazi - are fighting to save their jobs.

"Initially security wouldn't let them in", Kazi told Fairfax.

Kazi and Eksteen were then contacted by the fans and met them at the gates, where it was decided that they would be allowed in.

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"It was not appropriate to criticise the relations of his hosts - when he was a guest there - with another country", he said. Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation, on Wednesday and visited the African Union headquarters.

Kazi denied that his actions amounted to support for those wearing the masks. "They're fans", he said. People come in dressed as all sorts of things. "We're very clear from a stadium perspective that we monitor the behaviour and language of fans". "On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", the CSA said in a statement, "CSA does not associate itself with these actions and urges all Protea supporters from refraining from being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters".

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