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Candice Warner says ball tampering scandal is her fault after Williams fling

Candice Warner says she feels like it’s her fault her husband turned into a cricket cheat and potentially brought an end to his career. 

The disgraced batsman and his distraught wife were subject to an onslaught of abuse in the weeks that led up to the former bestowing a piece of sandpaper on Cameron Bancroft and instructing him to ball tamper against South Africa. 

The abuse largely centred on a 2007 encounter between Candice and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams, which ended with the pair being photographed having sex in the toilet of a Sydney pub.

Now Candice, 33, says she blames herself for Warner masterminding the cheating plan that saw him suspended from cricket and out of millions in wages and sponsorship deals, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Candice Warner, 33, says she blames herself for husband David masterminding the Australian cheating plan in South Africa that saw him suspended and out of millions in wages and sponsorship deals

The disgraced batsman and his distraught wife were subject to an onslaught of abuse in the weeks that led up to the ball tampering scandal

The disgraced batsman and his distraught wife were subject to an onslaught of abuse in the weeks that led up to the ball tampering scandal

The abuse largely centered on a 2007 encounter between Candice and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams (pictured with Quade Cooper), which ended with the pair being photographed having sex in the toilet of a Sydney pub

The abuse largely centered on a 2007 encounter between Candice and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams (pictured with Quade Cooper), which ended with the pair being photographed having sex in the toilet of a Sydney pub

‘I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me. It’s absolutely killing me,’ Candice told the publication on Saturday.

When asked if Warner, 31, has been affected by the scandal, she said: ‘Without a doubt and that’s the hardest thing to deal with because I feel like it’s all my fault.’

She said her husband has been ‘seriously struggling’ after a month that started with him in an ugly dressing room stoush with Quinton de Kock – allegedly over her fling with Williams.

It ended with him sent back to Australia in disgrace and questioning if he’ll ever play again.

But Candice said she hasn’t been ‘much of a support’ to Warner since the tour of South Africa, as she’s constantly been in tears.

‘Seeing them wearing the masks, to have people staring and pointing and laughing at me, to have the signs, to have the songs made up about me, I would have to sit there and cop that,’ Candice said.

'I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me. It's absolutely killing me,' Candice said on Saturday

‘I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me. It’s absolutely killing me,’ Candice said on Saturday

When asked if Warner (pictured), 31, has been affected by the scandal, she said: 'Without a doubt and that¿s the hardest thing to deal with because I feel like it¿s all my fault'

When asked if Warner (pictured), 31, has been affected by the scandal, she said: ‘Without a doubt and that’s the hardest thing to deal with because I feel like it’s all my fault’

She said her husband has been 'seriously struggling' after a month that started with him in an ugly dressing room stoush (pictured) with Quinton de Kock - allegedly over her fling with Williams

She said her husband has been ‘seriously struggling’ after a month that started with him in an ugly dressing room stoush (pictured) with Quinton de Kock – allegedly over her fling with Williams

Candice said she hasn't been 'much of a support' to Warner since the tour of South Africa, as she's constantly been in tears

Candice said she hasn’t been ‘much of a support’ to Warner since the tour of South Africa, as she’s constantly been in tears

South Africa fans wore masks featuring Williams’ face during the series in an attempt to humiliate Warner.

The masks also appeared as retaliation to Warner’s bust up with de Kock, who reportedly sledged Warner in the stairwell at Durban by bringing up his wife’s decade-old encounter with Williams.

Warner snapped and had to be restrained by his teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon as he directed a verbal barrage in return.  

Cricket South Africa was then forced to apologise after two officials posed for a photograph with fans wearing the masks. 

Candice said her husband protected his family as much as he could during the tour, which also saw him locked in an angry exchange with a spectator.    

Warner was verbally abused by the fan as he returned to the dressing rooms after being dismissed in the Third test.

South Africa fans wore masks featuring Williams' face during the series in an attempt to humiliate Warner

South Africa fans wore masks featuring Williams’ face during the series in an attempt to humiliate Warner

The masks also appeared as retaliation to Warner's bust up with de Kock, who reportedly sledged Warner in the stairwell at Durban by bringing up his wife's decade-old encounter with Williams (pictured)

The masks also appeared as retaliation to Warner’s bust up with de Kock, who reportedly sledged Warner in the stairwell at Durban by bringing up his wife’s decade-old encounter with Williams (pictured)

Warner snapped and had to be restrained by his teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon as he directed a verbal barrage in return

Warner snapped and had to be restrained by his teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon as he directed a verbal barrage in return

Candice said her husband protected his family as much as he could during the tour, which also saw him locked in an angry exchange with a spectator (pictured)

Candice said her husband protected his family as much as he could during the tour, which also saw him locked in an angry exchange with a spectator (pictured)

The abuse led to former coach Darren Lehmann (pictured) making a formal complaint and slamming Warner's treatment by fans as a 'disgrace'

The abuse led to former coach Darren Lehmann (pictured) making a formal complaint and slamming Warner’s treatment by fans as a ‘disgrace’

The batsman then stopped in his tracks and responded to the man, who was taunting him, before a security guard ejected the fan from the ground. 

The abuse led to former coach Darren Lehmann making a formal complaint and slamming Warner’s treatment by fans as a ‘disgrace’.

‘You’re talking about abuse of various players and their families and personal abuse, it’s not on at a cricket ground anywhere around the world, not just here, it shouldn’t happen,’ he said.  

The next day, Warner hatched a plan to cheat that was given the all-clear by former captain Steve Smith and executed by Bancroft.

Candice said there were no excuses for her husband’s actions, but said the abuse they received in South Africa was on another level. 

The next day, Warner hatched a plan to cheat that was given the all-clear by former captain Steve Smith and executed by Bancroft. Pictured: Bancroft holding a piece of sandpaper in the third Test

The next day, Warner hatched a plan to cheat that was given the all-clear by former captain Steve Smith and executed by Bancroft. Pictured: Bancroft holding a piece of sandpaper in the third Test

Candice said there were no excuses for her husband's actions, but said the abuse they received in South Africa was on another level

Candice said there were no excuses for her husband's actions, but said the abuse they received in South Africa was on another level

Candice said there were no excuses for her husband’s actions, but said the abuse they received in South Africa was on another level

Candice said she had brought past incidents on herself, but the pair didn't deserve the treatment they received in South Africa

Candice said she had brought past incidents on herself, but the pair didn’t deserve the treatment they received in South Africa

Candice also dismissed reports that Warner has been ostracised by his teammates, insisting he always 'goes to dinner with the boys' when his family isn't home

Candice also dismissed reports that Warner has been ostracised by his teammates, insisting he always ‘goes to dinner with the boys’ when his family isn’t home

She said she had brought past incidents on herself, but the pair didn’t deserve the treatment they received in South Africa. 

Candice also dismissed reports that Warner has been ostracised by his teammates, insisting he always ‘goes to dinner with the boys’ when his family isn’t home. 

On Saturday, Warner faced the media for the first time since being named and shamed in an internal report into the ball tampering scandal. 

He hugged and kissed his wife Candice before saying sorry for his part in it.

But he refused to directly answer questions about who was privy to the plot as it was conceived.

On Saturday, Warner faced the media (pictured) for the first time since being named and shamed in an internal report into the ball tampering scandal

He hugged and kissed his wife Candice before saying sorry for his part in the ball tampering scandal

He hugged and kissed his wife Candice before saying sorry for his part in the ball tampering scandal

Warner became emotional when addressing his wife (pictured) in his speech, saying her 'love means more than anything' to him

Warner became emotional when addressing his wife (pictured) in his speech, saying her ‘love means more than anything’ to him

Warner's $900,000 Cricket Australia contract, before hundreds of thousands in bonuses, has been suspended and his $2.4million Indian Premier League contract ripped up

Warner’s $900,000 Cricket Australia contract, before hundreds of thousands in bonuses, has been suspended and his $2.4million Indian Premier League contract ripped up

He later took to social media, saying he will ‘do his best in time’ to address all unanswered questions.  

Warner became emotional when addressing his wife in his speech, saying her ‘love means more than anything’ to him.

He added: ‘I know I would not be anything without you. I’m very sorry for putting you through this and I promise I will never put you through this again.’ 

Warner’s $900,000 Cricket Australia contract, before hundreds of thousands in bonuses, has been suspended and his $2.4million Indian Premier League contract ripped up.

Personal sponsors LG, Asics and Nestle’s Milo have also severed ties.   



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