Candice Warner has opened up about the taunting she received from cricket fans in South Africa earlier this year.
In the wake of her husband David Warner’s ball-tampering scandal, which saw the infamous ‘toilet tryst’ incident with Candice and Sonny Bill Williams dredged up in the media.
During the test in South Africa, a number of fans were seen wearing cardboard cut out masks of Sonny Bill, mocking the wife of the disgraced Australian cricketer.
In the aftermath of the ball-tampering incident, Candice suffered a miscarriage and admitted the toll the taunting took on her would have contributed to it.
“It’s not acceptable,” she told The Courier Mail. “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.
“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.”
The 33-year-old labelled the South African fans’ actions “repulsive” and couldn’t understand what they were trying to achieve by wearing the masks.
The former model also issued a stern warning to them, explaining actions like theirs could have severe 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 told the outlet.
Back in May, Candice apologised to the former Kiwi NRL star and his family, adding she wants nothing more than to move on from their 2007 ‘toilet tryst’ scandal.
“I finally received a weak apology from Cricket South Africa [for the fan taunts]. I realised they’re the ones to feel ashamed, not me,’ she told Australian Women’s Weekly.
“I’d like to extend that apology to Sonny Bill. He’s a husband and father, so imagine how his wife would feel and his kids,” she added.
At the time, the mum-of-two also revealed that she’d paid the “ultimate price” after she suffered a “heartbreaking” miscarriage in the aftermath of the incident, which involved David along with captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal.
Back in 2007, the ironwoman was caught on camera in a men’s toilet with the then rugby league superstar Sonny Bill.
Despite both moving on and marrying other people, their steamy liaison has gone on to haunt them both.
Sonny, who is now married to Alana Raffie and has two kids, hasn’t commented on the fact their decade-old fling resurfaced recently.
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