Candice Warner has revealed cricket fans at Adelaide Oval hit her with a wave of abuse while she was with her daughters during the second Test against the West Indies on the weekend.
The wife of under-fire Australian opener David Warner could not repeat the words screamed at her from the stands, but slammed the offenders as ‘weak’ and ‘gutless’.
She also said the incident left her feeling unsafe while attending the cricket to support her husband David.
The incident occured on Saturday afternoon just before the lunch break when two of the Warners’ three daughters wanted to see their father.
Candice made the 200-metre walk from one section of the stadium to another holding her daughers’ hands when the group of males abused her.
‘As we were walking past a huge group of people, it was about a group of five or six men who decided to [hurl abuse],’ she told the Triple M Summer Breakfast radio show.
‘They were extremely, just, throwing vile abuse at me.
Warner signs autographs for young cricket fans after Australia’s win over the West Indies on the fourth day of their cricket test match in Adelaide
‘So I continued to walk and then I stopped and I looked around at this group of men – and it was one guy in particular.
‘They were laughing and they were pointing and they thought that what they did was OK.
‘So I decided to confront these guys. I didn’t have to, but with my girls in my hand I thought it was really important to confront them.
‘Because for us, my actions need to mirror the messages that I give to my kids.’
Candice said the response from the group when she confronted them was telling.
‘Like any group of men who have been drinking, they were weak, they were gutless, they didn’t own up to what they did and the man who was actually yelling this abuse was hiding behind his friend.
‘I just said, “Do you feel good about yourself trying to intimidate me, to belittle me, to embarrass me in front of my kids? You clearly don’t have kids yourself, it’s not OK. It’s not OK to bully someone, it’s not OK to make fun of other people”.
‘The sad thing is, in a time where we’re trying to encourage more women, more young girls to participate in sport, to attend sport, that I am now starting to feel like it’s not safe for me and my kids to attend sport and support their father.’
The Warner family arrive in Adelaide last week to support Australian opening Test batsman David Warner
Candice said it was equally disappointing that nobody in the crowd defended them or even checked on their welfare after the shocking attack.
‘The thing that really disappointed me was one, the fact they thought it was funny, two that they couldn’t own up to their mistake, but the fact that in a packed stadium, when they could see a mother with two kids clearly in distress, my girls were upset, not one single person came to my assistance. Not one,’ she said.
Plenty of social media users continued to berate Candice and David Warner online after the incident.
However, Candice did reveal that a fan who was in the stands when the incident occured had reached out later on social media.
‘That night I went on my Instagram page and one guy who was in that group said, “I just want to let you know that unfortunately I was just with the group that said some horrible things to you at Adelaide Oval about 15 minutes ago.
David Warner and his wife Candice Warner pose for a portrait during a Cricket Australia media opportunity
‘I didn’t say anything, but I also didn’t speak out, so I am very sorry about that and I am sorry that he said what he said. I know this won’t make up for anything, but I just wanted to say sorry”.
‘I went and searched his page and he has a child, he also has a daughter.
‘With my husband being away so much, I am basically the mother and the father to these girls most of the time.
‘I won’t allow my daughters to see their mum being bullied, intimidated, it’s not what I stand for.’
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