Two officials from Cricket South Africa are on the verge of being sacked after a photograph emerged that shows them grinning alongside fans wearing "disgraceful" Sonny Bill Williams masks.
Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi have been ordered to CSA headquarters in Johannesburg for a meeting, and the chances are high that they could lose their jobs.
The photo shows Kazi and Eksteen smiling as they linked arms with three men who were wearing the masks in an attempt to torment explosive Australia opening batsman David Warner during the second Test match.
Warner's wife was involved in a tryst with New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago.
This comes fresh from the controversy of the previous Test match, in which a fight broke out after a remark about Warner's wife by Quinton de Kock. Warner later called these comments 'vile and disgusting.'
Cricket Australia reacted furiously to this photograph: "Cricket Australia spoke to Cricket South Africa officials yesterday to express disappointment with this matter and events that unfolded off-field Friday at St George's Park," a CA spokesperson said.
"CA appreciates the swift response, including the sincere apology from CSA, and the seriousness with which the matter is being treated."
The series so far has been covered in controversy.
You can see the controversial image below.
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.
It seems that cricket could be losing its dignity, and with incidents like these regarding high-profile figures in the game, it is doing nothing to get the game back on track to what it was in the past.
Both South African officials must be sacked for this, it is bewildering that they would both stoop so low as this.
If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class.News Now - Sport News