Fans unfurling Russian flags at Australian Open tennis tournament kicked out of stadium

January 26, 2023 0 Comments

 Four fans who unfurled the Russian flag at the Australian Open tennis tournament arena were kicked out of the arena.

The Associated Press reported on the 26th, citing the announcement of the Australian Police and the Australian Tennis Association, “Four people who unfurled the Russian flag at the tournament were sent out of the stadium.”

It is known that they took out and waved Russian flags near the Rod Laver Arena after the match between Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Andrei Rublev (Russia) in the men’s singles quarterfinals held the previous day.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February last year, and Belarusian players who helped the Russian invasion are prohibited from using the country’s name, national flag, or national anthem in this competition.

Rublev’s nationality or national flag was not displayed on the billboard for the match between Djokovic and Rublev.

On the 16th, the first day of the tournament, the Russian flag appeared in the stands, and the Australian Tennis Association stated that “Russian or Belarusian flags can be brought into the stadium, but must not be unfolded outwardly.” 카지노사이트

With the men’s and women’s singles semifinals being held from the 26th, three Russian or Belarusian players, including Karen Khachanov (Russia) in the men’s singles and Arina Savalenka and Victoria Azaranka (above Belarus) in the women’s singles, have advanced to the semifinals.

In addition, during the match between Djokovic and Rublev the day before, some fans took out Russian flags with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s face engraved on them, or were captured on camera wearing shirts with a ‘Z’ symbol in support of Russia’s war.

AFP also reported that “a video of Djokovic’s father posing with a man holding a Putin flag has been uploaded to his YouTube channel.”

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