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11 March 2018

"They said 'let's take a photo with you guys", Kazi said.

Cricket Australia (CA) could seek to bring charges under the International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct after South African officials were photographed posing with spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks aimed at taunting David Warner during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

The masks are believed to be linked to the personal sledges exchanged behind closed doors between Warner and De Kock where the Aussie vice-captain's wife Candice was allegedly mentioned in a derogatory manner.

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

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Candice Warner is with her husband on tour in South Africa and was at the ground on Friday with their two young daughters, according to Australian media, when the masks were being worn in the crowd.

Fall-out from the incident continued on Saturday, with South African cricket writer Telford Vice insisting fans who broke the masks "disgrace cricket followers".

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA President Chris Nenzani was quoted as sating by ESPNcricinfo.

The controversy forced Cricket South Africa (CSA) to issue an official apology to CA and the Australian team, who were angered by the image showing CSA's commercial manager Clive Eksteen and its head of communications Altaaf Kazi grinning with three supporters, who donned the masks.

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The Warner and de Kock confrontation in the first test happened when de Kock, apparently frustrated at prolonged on-field verbal abuse from Warner, responded with a comment about Warner's wife and the encounter with Williams.

Warner and de Kock were both fined after their ugly bust-up in Durban and the two teams have been warned by the match referee to keep their tempers in check.

Eksteen is a former South African Test player. Also, the CSA president Chris Nenzani apologised the Australians.

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CSA apologises to CA