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Sport 'Don't go overboard': South African cricket chief urges fans to respect Warner and Smith

23:00  14 february  2020
23:00  14 february  2020 Source:   watoday.com.au

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) interim chief executive Jacques Faul has pleaded with local fans to show a little respect towards Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner . The pair left these shores prematurely during their last visit after their role in an explosive ball-tampering scandal back in 2018.

The 2018 Australian ball-tampering scandal, also known as the Sandpapergate scandal, was a cricket scandal surrounding the Australian national cricket team.

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Cricket South Africa's chief executive is pleading with local fans to treat Steve Smith and David Warner respectfully, as Australia's players return to the nation for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal.

CSA's interim chief Jacques Faul says poor fan behaviour is "embarrassing" for host boards and indicated security will be beefed up around the Australians if required.

Almost two years after their careers were turned upside down, Smith and Warner flew out to South Africa on Friday with the rest of Australia's Twenty20 squad.

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David Warner and Steve Smith are part of Australia's limited-overs squad in South Africa . Smith and Warner received a hostile reception from some England supporters during last summer's World Cup and Ashes Hazlewood said Australia's players are determined to win South African fans over.

After the hot reception they received in England during the World Cup and the Ashes, the pair are under no illusions how they will be received during the upcoming Twenty20 and one-day international series against the Proteas.

Warner and his wife Candice were the targets of vile sledging from South African crowds during the controversial Test series in 2018, which prompted Cricket Australia to lodge a formal complaint to CSA over their players' treatment.

Faul, who stepped into the post in December after Thabang Moroe was suspended amid allegations of misconduct in South Africa's cricket crisis, warned fans they would be tossed out of the ground if they misbehaved.

"I would plead with South African fans to respect our opponents and don't go overboard with these things," Faul told The Herald. "It's competitive on the field, and we don't need it. Sport in general doesn't need that behaviour.

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"What happened last time the behaviour was unfortunate. As much as we appreciate support and you have to acknowledge the importance of people supporting these events I can only plead that people would treat players with respect."

Faul said CSA would deploy extra security if required but conceded that may not be enough to stop abuse from beyond the boundary.

"Stupidity comes very natural to certain people," Faul said. "If someone misbehaves it's very tough. We have a very strict policy in terms of fan behaviour and we will evacuate people but the damage will have been done.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was fined by the International Cricket Council after launching a foul-mouthed tirade at a fan who had abused him at the Wanderers, the venue for Australia's first match of the tour.

"It's embarrassing when it happens - for the stadium and the national federations," Faul said. "If there's best practices that we can learn from to prevent it we're happy to look at it. Some of it is a bit difficult to actually prevent."

Game three of the tour is at Newlands, the venue where Cameron Bancroft was caught red-handed with sandpaper on the field, which resulted in lengthy bans for himself, Smith and Warner and a clean-out at CA's head office.

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