Cricket South Africa apologise for SBW masks

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    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.

    An image emerged on Saturday of Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi grinning with three supporters, who donned the masks in an oafish attempt to taunt David Warner during the second Test.

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

    CSA is probing the matter. 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.

    “On behalf of CSA, I extend my sincere apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families,” CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

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

    “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,” the sporting body said.

    It was a remark from Quinton de Kock during the first Test about Warner’s wife that ignited a fit of rage, with the vice-captain later dubbing that comment “vile and disgusting”.

    Cricket Australia is understood to be furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, stunned that officials would be OK with the low-brow actions of supporters.

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

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    • March 10th 2018 @ 10:12pm
      Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:12pm | ! Report

      Probably to little to late. However they have had a go.

    • March 11th 2018 @ 8:54am
      Geo said | March 11th 2018 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      If those SA officials don’t get sacked they may as well give up on being a credible organisation. Most people will have done something they prefer to forget and it’s disgusting that these imbeciles think it’s funny. One SA fan said they’d consider stopping distribution of the face masks if Warner apologised to de Cock. No doubt they think the blacks should apologise for the apartheid years as well.

      • March 11th 2018 @ 4:40pm
        DavSA said | March 11th 2018 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

        One SA fan . You said it . As a South African I find the behaviour of the CSA officials despicable and in very poor taste. But then again I am just one SA fan.

        • March 12th 2018 @ 12:33pm
          Bakkies said | March 12th 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

          ‘One SA fan . You said it ‘

          Dav it was the bloke who produced and distributed the masks said it.

      • March 11th 2018 @ 9:35pm
        Jeff said | March 11th 2018 @ 9:35pm | ! Report

        Geo, so the officials are in the wrong according to you. I agree that they were in the wrong btw, but how are you any better than them by deliberately misspelling de Kok’s name? You’re no different to them.

        • March 11th 2018 @ 10:09pm
          John Erichsen said | March 11th 2018 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

          Have you misspelled de Kock’s name deliberately or by mistake?

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            March 12th 2018 @ 9:59am
            Pedro The Fisherman said | March 12th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

            Yep … People in glass houses …

          • March 12th 2018 @ 1:50pm
            Jeff said | March 12th 2018 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

            Big difference between accidentally misspelling a person’s name by missing out a letter than to deliberately misspell a person’s name to give it a derogatory meaning.

            It’s obvious that you are both slow and will do anything to defend your team and countrymen, but that’s the difference.

            • March 12th 2018 @ 7:13pm
              John Erichsen said | March 12th 2018 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

              Oh please, please do explain how my question is defending anyone. You seem to be misinterpreting my preference for players’ names to be spelled correctly with an allegiance to one side of this sledging issue. That would be yet another mistake on your part.

              • March 12th 2018 @ 8:52pm
                Jeff said | March 12th 2018 @ 8:52pm | ! Report

                So you basically join a thread and take the conversation to somewhere completely different and unrelated to the main topic. Well done, you have added zero value and have manage to deflect the hypocrisy of the opening poster.

    • March 11th 2018 @ 10:49am
      Jameswm said | March 11th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

      Just unbelievable. Firstly overturning the mask ban, then posing with them.

    • March 11th 2018 @ 11:27am
      Jake said | March 11th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      ““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”

      Find that hard to believe. They were probably behind it.

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        March 12th 2018 @ 10:01am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | March 12th 2018 @ 10:01am | ! Report

        They lifted the ban and then claim they weren’t aware of the significance of the mask.
        The emperor has no clothes!

    • March 12th 2018 @ 12:03am
      BrainsTrust said | March 12th 2018 @ 12:03am | ! Report

      How can you ban the masks?
      I find it extremely weird we have one group from another sport arguing the governing body should be sacked because they banned a group carying a giant penis into someones mouth.
      It wa injudicious from these officials but you can;t ban the masks for being obscene.

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      March 12th 2018 @ 12:30am
      anon said | March 12th 2018 @ 12:30am | ! Report

      Aussies are a thin-skinned lot.

      Someone should be allowed to wear a face mask of a New Zealand rugby player into the ground if they want.

      If this is enough to rattle, unsettle, offend our cricketers then we might as well send them home right now.

      This is just a form of mental disintegration that Australia has specialised on inflicting on opponents for decades.

      I actually think the masks are funny. Just a bit of banter between teams and opposing spectators.

      South Africa will continue to needle Australia because it’s working really well. Australia are taking the bait, letting themselves get wound up and distracted over a well timed sledge and some face masks.

      Wouldn’t happen with Border or Waugh as captain.

      • March 12th 2018 @ 10:22am
        Jake said | March 12th 2018 @ 10:22am | ! Report

        “I actually think the masks are funny. Just a bit of banter between teams and opposing spectators.”

        So humiliating a players wife while she is watching the game with her children is funny to you? bell-end

        • March 12th 2018 @ 5:26pm
          Jacko said | March 12th 2018 @ 5:26pm | ! Report

          Jake if Warner can see the funny side and write his wifes and kids name on his hand bandage that covers 90% of his hand then hopefully you can move on as well.
          Its these sorts of reactions that create the issues to start with. As for the Insulting someones wife bit well is it ok to insult someones mum and sister but not someones wife eh?
          If Warner and DeKock had not been niggly to start with then this escalation would never have happened but just cast your mind back to the Ashes before the last one and it was masks of a certain English cricketer being paraded in Ausd because the cricketer didnt walk when he knicked the ball…Move on…build a bridge

          • March 12th 2018 @ 6:30pm
            Jake said | March 12th 2018 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

            How does writing his wife’s name on his bandage indicate he can see the supposed funny side? There is nothing funny about about it. Doesn’t matter whether its someone wife, mother, sister or daughter. Speaks volumes that you think it is funny.

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