CSA slams reporter harassment of Du Plessis


South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee has hit out at an Australian reporter for "harassing" captain Faf du Plessis, claiming he lunged at the skipper with an unknown object.

Hashim Amla slammed the conduct of the TV reporter following an incident at Adelaide Airport on Monday, in which a security guard appeared to shove the journalist into a glass door.

The media member in question was attempting to quiz Du Plessis, who is set to face a hearing over alleged ball tampering after TV pictures appeared to show him shining the ball with saliva while eating a sweet during the second Test.

South Africa won the second Test by an innings and 80 runs to clinch the three-match series with a game to spare.

In a Cricket South Africa statement, Moosajee said: "The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball tampering issue.

"However, despite our best intentions to co-operate with the Australian media, Channel 9 News' behaviour has been disappointing. We have advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the team's hotel in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in Adelaide.

"This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol. 

"The 'reporter' at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment. The 'reporter' was also in the unusual position of being in the middle of the players' walkway to the bus. He was advised to move three times and did not adhere to this request.

"The 'reporter', who also had no official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown object causing a direct breach of security protocol. The reporter also shoved the team manager in the back.

"Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with the utmost respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter."