Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia on Friday urged tennis officers to ban Novak Djokovic’s father from the Australian Open after he was filmed posing with followers brandishing Russian flags.
“He must be stripped of his accreditation. It is as much as Novak and his workforce to deal with this and repair it,” ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko advised AFP.
Myroshnychenko additionally referred to as on Djokovic, who’s getting ready to face Tommy Paul within the semi-finals of the event, to personally apologise and to make clear his stance on the Russian invasion.
“It is vital for Novak to deal with this example,” he stated.
“He ought to apologise for what has occurred, and condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
A video posted to a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account on Thursday confirmed Djokovic’s father Srdjan posing with a person holding a Russian flag with Vladimir Putin’s face on it.
The video was captioned: “Novak Djokovic’s father makes daring political assertion.”
Serbian tennis reporters confirmed it was Djokovic’s father and the Melbourne Age newspaper reported he stated in Serbian: “Lengthy reside Russia.”
One other man was photographed by AFP contained in the stadium throughout Djokovic’s match with a T-shirt bearing the pro-war “Z” image.
Event organiser Tennis Australia stated Thursday it might proceed to work with safety to implement entry guidelines, with out instantly addressing the incident with Djokovic’s father.
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