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Candice Warner admits the mocking incident involving Sonny Bill Williams masks could force someone to take their life

Candice expressed that a fan irrespective of their background and everything else should be safe when they sit in a stadium to watch a game.

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Australian cricketer David Warner and Candice. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Australia played South Africa in a Test series in March this year, the three-match Test series attracted a lot more attention that it was ever predicted. The third Test match at Cape Town sourced the biggest debate and decision of the year. As three Australian cricketers Cameron Bancroft, skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for their involvement in ball-tampering. Prior to that South African fans wore masks of Kiwi rugby player Sonny Bill Williams to mock Warner and his wife Candice during the second Test.

Candice Warner has been silent for months but has finally broken her silence on the issue. She admitted that their family has faced a really tough time since the ball-tampering saga broke out and further mentioned “to be shamed the way I did was so wrong,” referring to the antics of the Proteas fans.

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She was carrying their third child while all this happened and eventually had a miscarriage. Candice mentioned that all the mental and emotional stress would’ve added to the reasons for the same. South African supporters wore masks with the face of Sonny Bill Williams on it to hit back at Warner even as his wife as a way of getting to David Warner, while Mrs Warner was in the stands.

Not acceptable

“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,” Mrs Warner was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.

She further expressed that a fan irrespective of their background and everything else should be safe when they sit in a stadium to watch a game.

“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,” Candice added.

Someone could take their life over it

She described that such a humiliating incident was one that could force someone to take their life.

“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,” Mrs Warner said.

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