Cricket Sth Africa apologise for SBW masks

Second Test: Aussies see red over Sonny Bill Williams masks amid David Warner furore

Two senior Cricket South Africa officials face disciplinary action after posing with spectators wearing masks showing the face of All Black rugby player Sonny Bill Williams during the second Test against Australia on Friday.

The masks were a reference to an encounter Warner's wife Candice had with Williams at a Sydney pub in 2007.

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".

CA is furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, with chairman David Peever and chief executive James Sutherland expressing their disgust to their South African counterparts.

CSA President Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families.

"CSA has taken immediate precautionary steps against the CSA officials allegedly involved in this incident and will follow the organisation's normal internal processes in this regard".

CSA was forced to do some serious damage control on Saturday. "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 in a CSA statement.

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

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.

If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class. "They said "let's take a photo with you guys", he said.

"They're fans", Kazi said.

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.

David Warner is under fire again after South Africa reportedly complained about the way he was treating the ball on day two in Port Elizabeth.

"We're very clear from a stadium perspective that we monitor the behaviour and language of fans".

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".