Candice Warner fans have rushed to her defence after she blamed herself for the national cricket team's cheating scandal.
The model and ironwoman, 33, said her husband David concocted the ball-tampering plot because he craved victory to silence South Africa fans who mocked her for having sex with New Zealand rugby legend Sonny Bill Williams in a pub toilet in 2007.
The fans sang lewd songs and some even wore masks of Williams' face while South Africa players allegedly sledged Warner about the sordid tryst until he snapped at one in the dressing room.
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Mrs Warner's words have struck a chord with fans who say she was subjected to vile 'slut shaming' and should not put the blame on herself
'I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - it's absolutely killing me,' Mrs Warner told the Sunday Telegraph.
Her words have struck a chord with fans who say she was subjected to vile 'slut shaming' and should not put the blame on herself.
Others said she was not accountable for her disgraced husband's actions. One joked that it wasn't as if she was personally behind the plan to make the ball reverse swing by rubbing it with sandpaper.
Mrs Warner was a 'wreck' after her disgraced husband's emotional press conference yesterday but told her children she was crying because 'the Easter Bunny isn't coming'.
She couldn't face telling her little girls Ivy Mae, three, and Indi Rae, two, that she blamed herself for David Warner's cheating against South Africa.
She said: 'Coming home I walked into the room and I was in tears and our daughters were so upset. They were like 'why you crying, Mummy?'
The model and professional ironwoman, 33, couldn't face telling her little girls Ivy Mae, three, and Indi Rae, two, that she blamed herself for David Warner's cheating against South Africa
The abuse largely centered on a 2007 encounter between Mrs Warner and rugby star Sonny Bill Williams (pictured with Quade Cooper), which ended with the pair being photographed having sex in the toilet of a Sydney pub
'I had to make an excuse and I was like, 'because you know I spoke to the Easter bunny and he's not coming. It's really hard to explain to kids and they don't understand.'
Mrs Warner yesterday accompanied her husband to a press conference in Sydney where he apologised for orchestrating a shameful plot to cheat by tampering with the ball against South Africa last Saturday.
'I'm really not well,' she said without going into details. 'It was important that I went to support my husband as I always do, but I'm in no way... I couldn't have sat there on my own.'
She said her husband has been 'seriously struggling' after a turbulent month which started with an ugly dressing room stoush with Quinton de Kock - allegedly over his wife's fling with Williams - and ended with him sent back to Australia in disgrace and wondering if he'll ever play again.
Mrs Warner said she hasn't been 'much of a support' to Warner since the tour of South Africa because she's constantly been in tears.
'I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me. It's absolutely killing me,' Mrs Warner said on Saturday
When asked if Warner (pictured), 31, has been affected by the scandal, she said: 'Without a doubt and that's the hardest thing to deal with because I feel like it's all my fault'
She said her husband has been 'seriously struggling' after a month that started with him in an ugly dressing room stoush (pictured) with Quinton de Kock - allegedly over her fling with Williams
Mrs Warner said she hasn't been 'much of a support' to Warner since the tour of South Africa, as she's constantly been in tears
The ball-tampering incident took place during the Saturday afternoon session in Cape Town and was picked up by TV cameras.
A small, yellow object was seen in batsman Cameron Bancroft's hands after he had worked on the ball, the opener later revealing it to be a piece of tape covered in dirt.
He was later captured taking it from his pocket and placing it down his trousers, a few moments after being spoken to by the substitute Peter Handscomb, who had come onto the field after speaking to coach Darren Lehmann via walkie-talkie.
Although the two on-field umpires, Richard Illingworth and Nigel Llong of England, questioned Bancroft at the time, he produced what appeared to be a black sunglasses bag from his right pocket in way of explanation, in a bid to deceive the officials.
'Once I was sighted on the big screens I panicked quite a lot and that resulted in me shoving it down my trousers,' said Bancroft.
No action was taken at the time — the umpires could have changed the ball or docked Australia runs — but match officials, including referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe, were able to review TV footage of the incident.
But after the day's play, captain Steve Smith and Bancroft admitted the