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SBW asks Instagram to explain take-down of photo showing himself, fellow Muslim All Black in prayer

Sonny Bill Williams has posted on Instagram asking why a picture of him and fellow Muslim All Black Ofa Tu'ungafasi in prayer on the field prior to Saturday's win over the Springboks was taken down.

Sonny Bill Williams. Source: Photosport

In the post, Williams posted the original photo as well as a screengrab of the message from Instagram saying the post had been removed because “a third party reported that the content infringes or otherwise violates their rights”.

He also questioned those Instagram users who had reported the photo.

“Hello @instagram & to all that reported this photo. I’m wondering why this was removed from mine and @ofatuungafasi pages?” Williams wrote as the caption.

“Surely a simple picture of someone expressing their gratitude for what they’ve been blessed with is ok?”

According to Stuff, Facebook - who own Instagram - explained to them the image was removed "due to a claim of intellectual property infringement."

UPDATE: Sonny Bill Williams seeks forgiveness over Instagram copyright 'misunderstanding'