Proteas

Faf takes exception to disgruntled fan

Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Proteas appear a frustrated bunch following an incident involving a disgruntled supporter and Faf du Plessis.

According to Afrikaans newspaper, Rapport, security guards at the Wanderers had to calm matters down after a fan and the Proteas batsman threatened to get involved in a scuffle.

The incident occurred after the third Test at the Wanderers which England won by seven wickets after bowling South Africa out for a meagre 83 in their second innings.

The incident is believed to have occurred when the Proteas players made their way onto the team bus, when an upset fan started insulting them in Afrikaans.

The fan was yelling the insults from a corporate box situated near the Proteas change room. He apparently insisted that the players "give back his money" following a poor performance.

Most of the Proteas players ignored the disgruntled fan, but Du Plessis took offence, daring the man to walk down to the team bus.

Zunaid Wadee, the Proteas’ head of security, is believed to have walked up to the man and ruffled him up. When the fan’s friends got involved, Wanderers security guards had to step in.

Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, confirmed the incident.

“Faf was worried about the remarks made by the fan and asked Zunaid to go fetch him, so he could personally chat to the fan,” said Moosajee.

“It happened and after the two had a discussion, they shook hands. We’re not aware of any physical encounter.”

Du Plessis has had a torrid season with the bat and was dropped for the current Test at Centurion, with JP Duminy filling his place.

The Proteas are currently in a dominant position heading into Day 4 of the final Test, leading by 175 runs with nine second innings in hand.

England have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

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