Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks

David Warner

There have been calls on social media for spectators to wear the masks following a row between Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the first Test, which Warner blamed was sparked when De Kock insulted his wife.

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.

The Australian team was reportedly outraged by the revelations, including CSA allowing the masks into the ground after venue security initially wanted to confiscate them.

It was earlier reported that fans planning to attend the second test in Port Elizabeth were preparing by making Sonny Bill Williams masks to taunt Warner.

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

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Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break. De Kock was subsequently fined.

The tensions between South Africa and Australia during their four-Test series is set to continue after another embarrassing incident. Another patron took a photo of the pair under the toilet cubicle door, and the images went worldwide. People come in dressed as all sorts of things.

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

On Saturday morning, CSA distanced itself from Friday's events and said that it would follow "normal internal processes" in investigating the actions of Eksteen and Kazi. CSA president Chris Nenzani apologized to the Australian cricket board, the team management, players and their families for the incident.

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