All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams recently caused a stir on his Instagram account.

The Auckland-born football player recently took to the social media to express his dissatisfaction after knowing that Instagram had allegedly removed his picture of him reciting prayers with teammate Ofa Tu’ungafasi prior to their match with the South African team.

 

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Hello @instagram & to all that reported this photo. I’m wondering why this was removed from mine and @ofatuungafasi pages? Surely a simple picture of someone expressing their gratitude for what they’ve been blessed with is ok? 🤲🏽❤️

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He also demanded an explanation on why the particular photo was flagged for no apparent reason. In addition, diehard All Blacks followers also decided to poke their nose on the issue and came out with their own speculations.

Some even commented that the picture can be seen as too ‘sensitive’ to be posted online. While others also claimed that it was an act of sabotage by an irresponsible party.

However, the real reason on why the post was removed is exactly the opposite from what the fans have been buzzing about. It’s revealed that the person behind the camera is actually a Malaysian photographer, Faiz Azizan.

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Assalamualaikum Brothers. #Repost @malaysiarugby • • • • • @sonnybillwilliams and @ofatuungafasi recite doa before match between @allblacks versus @bokrugby at Nissan Stadium yesterday photo: @faiz_azizan / @malaysiarugby #ragbipadu #allblack #springboks #worldrugby #rwc2019 #japan #nikon #sportphotos

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He shared on his Instagram story saying that he’s disappointed with some people who made use of his work without giving him any credit. Recently, he took to his Instagram to explain the whole situation. Apparently some have reposted his photographs without his consent in the past. A few even placed their own watermark on the photos, as if they’re the ones who captured the shot.

Faiz then decided to report the issue to Instagram. As a result, all of the images were subsequently deleted, including the picture that the 34-year-old posted on his account.

As a response to that, Sonny then uploaded the picture once again – along with credits to Faiz as the photographer. He also took the chance to apologise to Faiz for misunderstanding and clarified that he had received a photo that already had his name cropped out. He later assured that if he’d known about the issue, he would’ve tagged Faiz before posting the picture online.

 

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@faiz_azizan Asalamualiakum brother, please forgive me for the misunderstanding. I was sent the photo that already had your name cropped out, if I’d known before I posted I would’ve tagged you As you captured a beautiful moment. @instagram apologies also ❤️🤲🏽 A little bit of Sabr(patience) goes along way.

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It’s always important to give credit where credit is due.

Source: VOCKET.

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