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Candice Warner speaks about the ‘humiliation’ of cricket fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks

The wife of disgraced Australian cricketer David Warner has broken her silence after South African fans wore Sonny Bill Williams masks to mock her over an infamous  tryst with the cross code football star. 

Candice Warner also revealed it had been a hard time for the family since Australia’s shameful ball-tampering saga, but said she would always stand by those she loved.

However an incident during the second test in South Africa earlier this year, on the same tour that saw her husband sent home and banned for 12 months for masterminding the plot to cheat, has stuck with Mrs Warner. 

Candice Warner (pictured with husband David Warner) has spoken out about South African fans taunting her and her husband by wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks 

During that test a number of South African fans were shown wearing cardboard cut out masks of Sonny Bill Williams as a way of getting to David Warner, while Mrs Warner was in the stands. 

The fans were trying to get under the Warners’ skin by highlighting a now infamous meeting between Mrs Warner and New Zealand All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams in 2007. 

The pair were photographed inside a nightclub toilet in a compromising position.

Tragically, Mrs Warner suffered a miscarriage of their third child and she told The Courier Mail the emotional toll of everything would have played a part.  

During that test a number of South African fans were shown wearing cardboard cut out masks of Sonny Bill Williams as a way of getting to David Warner, while Mrs Warner was in the stands

During that test a number of South African fans were shown wearing cardboard cut out masks of Sonny Bill Williams as a way of getting to David Warner, while Mrs Warner was in the stands

The fans were trying to get under the Warners' skin by highlighting a now infamous meeting between Mrs Warner and New Zealand All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams (pictured) in 2007

The fans were trying to get under the Warners’ skin by highlighting a now infamous meeting between Mrs Warner and New Zealand All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams (pictured) in 2007

Mrs Warner said some people were still not able to recognise the impact their actions can have on others.

‘It’s not acceptable. The thing about sport is that no matter your religion, no matter your sex, no matter your beliefs, you should be able to go to a sporting match and sit there and support whatever team you go for,’ she said.

‘It shouldn’t matter about your race, religion, your anything, you should be safe from all that. So that’s the one really disappointing thing — for me to go to a sporting match and to be shamed and to feel the way I did was just so wrong.’ 

In the current climate Mrs Warner said she couldn’t even begin to think what the fans were thinking or hoping to achieve with the tasteless display. 

She said it was hard to even comprehend what the fans were thinking at the time.

Mrs Warner said some people were still not able to recognise the impact their actions can have on others 

Mrs Warner said some people were still not able to recognise the impact their actions can have on others 

She said sport was an arena where people should be judged on their skills, discipline and what they bring to the competition, not their race, religion, past exploits and background. 

The display was ‘repulsive’ to Mrs Warner and she said its actions like that, directed at anyone, that could have dire consequences.

‘Because it was terrible, it was shocking, it was repulsive, it was every word you can think to describe it, and I could quite possibly see that someone could take their life over something like that,’ she said. 

Despite battling through the toughest times in their lives Mrs Warner said her family were ‘happy’ and are a tight family unit. 

She said even hitting rock bottom had a silver lining because it gave you a chance to ‘reset your life’.  

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