FORMER Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has launched an emotional attack on South African fans who have mocked David Warner’s wife Candice during the second cricket Test in Port Elizabeth.
After footage emerged of the Aussie opener confronting Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in the stairwell on the way to the dressing room during the first Test in Durban, it was revealed Warner was reacting to a personal sledge about the mother of his children.
Both players were charged with bringing the game into disrepute but the ugly fallout has continued in the second match of the series. Some fans have turned up to the ground on the opening two days wearing masks of All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams to mock Candice for a drunken sexual encounter she had with Williams in the bathroom of a Sydney pub in 2007.
To make matters worse, Cricket South Africa was forced to apologise after two of its officials were snapped posing with fans who were wearing the Williams masks.
Speaking on Channel Nine’s Sports Sunday program, Ellis — a regular on the show — said the disgusting furore is made even worse because it’s coincided with the week which saw the world celebrate International Women’s Day while the #MeToo movement born out of the mistreatment of women in Hollywood is still very much at the forefront of people’s minds.
The Aussie sporting legend was furious the shameful stunt has given airtime to out-of-date beliefs about women that have no place in society today.