An additional CCTV footage has added fuel to the Stairway brawl that ensued between Australia’s vice-captain David Warner and Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. The footage that has surfaced from outside the stairwell shows Warner enraged by an alleged verbal barb from de Kock, drawing an instant reaction from the Aussie, only to be suppressed by Tim Paine and skipper Steve Smith.
Warner broke his silence in the aftermath of the Stairway brawl and referred to de Kock’s alleged comments as “vile and disgusting”.
“I would have liked him to actually say the comment a little bit louder instead of just muttering it under his breadth next to me and Tim Paine and then walking up the stairs and saying ‘I didn’t say anything’ as soon as his teammates came out. At the end of the day, we’re all men and if you’re going to say something you look at someone in the eye and say it”
When questioned if de Kock’s sister was mentioned out in the middle, Warner clearly rejected the proposition and said: “No, I did not say that”.
Warner has already accepted the Level 2 charges sanctioned against him by the ICC while Quinton de Kock who was charged with a Level 1 breach appealed against the decision at a hearing with match referee Crowe and was fined 25 percent of his match fee along with one demerit point.
Steve Smith defended his deputy and talks about the ugly altercation between Warner and de Kock: