Novak Djokovic’s father is seen posing with a Russian flag that includes Vladimir Putin’s face whereas a supporter shouts: ‘Lengthy stay Russia!’
- Srdan Djokovic has been filmed posing with Russian flag
- The flag additionally featured Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s face
- It comes as 4 followers have been ejected for his or her pro-Russian flags and chants
Quickly after Djokovic reached the semi-finals on Thursday evening his father mingled with followers declaring their assist for Russia, with police and Tennis Australia confirming that 4 spectators have been evicted from Melbourne Park.
Australian Open entry laws expressly forbid any flags in assist of Russia or Belarus.
A video posted on Youtube exhibits Srdan posing alongside the flag and a sympathiser who shouts ‘Lengthy Dwell Russia!’.
Tennis famous person Novak Djokovic (left) with father Srdan. After watching his son’s quarter-final win on the Australian Open he was seen posing with a Russian flag that includes Vladimir Putin’s face
Djokovic Senior is proven being warmly greeted by his son’s followers and he seems to say one thing supportive earlier than transferring on.
Srdan was notably outspoken final 12 months when his son was deported after being detained because of not being vaccinated, accusing the Australian state of making an attempt to ‘assassinate’ his famous person offspring.
The participant himself has desperately tried to keep away from controversy since arriving in Australia to deal with his title efforts as he prepares to satisfy American Tommy Paul within the semi-final on Friday.
Unwittingly or not, on Wednesday he could possibly be seen signing one thing for a person who had earlier been sporting a ‘Z’ T-shirt – Z having change into the makeshift emblem of the Russian invaders of Ukraine.
A fan on the Australian Open has been seen sporting an ultra-nationalist Russian conflict image
Srdan Djokovic and spouse Dijana watch Novak throughout his quarter-final win over Andrey Rublev on Wednesday
Totally individually on a pure tennis degree, there was hypothesis about how severe is a hamstring damage that he has been carrying whereas progressing by way of the match.
A faction of Serbian followers at Melbourne Park have been eager to reveal their kinship for Russia, despite the large human value of the Ukraine invasion on each side.
A bunch of followers chanted ‘Russia, Serbia’ in a reminder of the 2 nations’ shut cultural ties
Makes an attempt to cease them public displaying assist for Putin on the tennis haven’t been profitable, judging by Wednesday evening.
Ukrainian ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko expressed his disgust at their behaviour immediately.
‘It’s a full package deal. Among the many Serbian flags there’s a Russian flag, Putin, Z-symbol, so known as Donetsk Folks Republic flag. It’s such a shame,’ he instructed the Herald Sun.