Candice Warner has revealed that cricket fans at the Adelaide Oval hit her with a barrage of abuse while she was with her daughters during the second Test against the West Indies at the weekend.
The wife of underfire Australian opener David Warner was unable to repeat the words shouted at her from the stands, but described the offenders as “weak” and “gutless”.
She also said the incident made her feel unsafe as she attended cricket to support her husband David.
The incident happened on Saturday afternoon just before the lunch break when two of Warner’s three daughters wanted to see their father.
Candice made the 200m walk from one part of the stadium to another, holding her daughters’ hands as the group of men abused her.
“When we walked past a large group of people, it was about a group of five or six men who decided on it [hurl abuse],’ she told the Triple M Summer Breakfast radio show.
“They were extremely, righteous, and hurled cruel abuse at me.
Warner signs autographs for young cricket fans after Australia’s win over the West Indies on the fourth day of their Test cricket match in Adelaide
“So I kept walking and then I stopped and looked around at this group of men – and there was one guy in particular.
“They laughed and they pointed and they thought what they were doing was right.
“So I decided to confront these guys. I didn’t need to, but with my girls in hand I thought it was very important to confront them.
“Because for us, my actions have to mirror the messages I give to my kids.”
Candice said the response from the group when she confronted them was telling.
“Like any group of men who have been drinking, they were weak, they were gutless, they didn’t own up to what they did and the man who actually called out this abuse was hiding behind his friend.
“I just said, ‘Do you feel good about yourself trying to scare me, belittle me, embarrass me in front of my kids? You obviously don’t have children yourself, that’s not okay. It’s not okay to bully someone, it’s not okay to make fun of other people.”
“The sad thing is, at a time when we’re trying to encourage more women, more young girls to participate in sports, to participate in sports, I’m now starting to feel that it’s not safe for me and my children to participate in sports . and support their father.’
The Warner family arrived in Adelaide last week to support Australian Test opening batsman David Warner
Candice said it was equally disappointing that no one in the crowd defended them or even checked on their welfare after the shocking attack.
“What really disappointed me was one, the fact that they thought it was funny, two that they couldn’t stand behind their mistake, but the fact that in a packed stadium, when they could see a mother with two children clearly in distress, my girls were upset not a single person came to me. Not one, she said.
Many social media users continued to berate Candice and David Warner online after the incident.
However, Candice revealed that a fan who was in the stands when the incident happened had reached out later on social media.
‘That night I went on my Instagram page and a guy who was in that group said: “I just want to tell you that unfortunately I was just with the group that said some horrible things to you at Adelaide Oval about 15 minutes ago.
David Warner and his wife Candice Warner pose for a portrait during a Cricket Australia media opportunity
“I didn’t say anything, but I didn’t speak out either, so I’m very sorry for that and I’m sorry he said what he said. I know this won’t make up for anything, but I just wanted to say sorry.”
“I went and searched his site and he has a child, he also has a daughter.
“With my husband being gone so much, I’m basically the mom and dad to these girls most of the time.
“I don’t want my daughters to see their mother bullied, intimidated, that’s not what I stand for.”