Western Suburbs have leapt to the defence of Jason Hughes, the older brother of the late Phillip Hughes, as the drama surrounding David Warner's walk-off in a Sydney grade match on Saturday continued.
Warner is now serving his one-year ban from worldwide and state cricket handed down by Cricket Australia in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering controversy.
Despite leaving the field mid-innings he returned minutes later with both sides apparently happy to allow him to play on where he eventually scored 157.
While playing for Randwick-Petersham against Western Suburbs on Saturday, Warner was reportedly sledged by Jason Hughes, brother of Phillip, the former Aussie batsman that tragically died in 2014 after being struck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield match.
The nature of the sledge is not fully known, but Cricket.com.au are reporting that Warner was goaded by Hughes about his batting and wanting to take the opposition on.
"I won't go into the details yesterday but David was taken aback by the comments, and thought they went a little bit too far, so he made a decision to remove himself from the game", she said on Channel Nine's Sports Sunday.
Sportingnews reporter Brendan Banford, who was at the match, reported Warner told the umpire "I'm removing myself from the game" because of a sledge from the fielders.
"Everyone has their opinion but I think there is a difference between sledging and abuse.
I won't go into more detail than that".
'I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. "It was hurtful. It was very hurtful".
Warner is serving a 12 month ban alongside Steve Smith after Australia's unfortunate ball tampering fiasco in March.
Cricket Australia director Mark Taylor also shared his thoughts on the story as a panellist on Sports Sunday.
"I'm not going to get into what was said yesterday, but it went too far".
"David is very passionate and he is an aggressive player, that's why he is one of the best players in his position, because he is aggressive", Candice rebutted.
'It would have been nice to get him out but we'll have to get him after tea.
The incident comes two days before Cricket Australia releases the much-anticipated findings from the two reviews into its on-field and corporate cultures.