The video emerged as police removed 4 men and women from the Australian Open up tournament for exhibiting Russian flags.
Novak Djokovic’s father has been filmed posing with admirers brandishing professional-Russian flags at the Australian Open up in scenes Ukraine’s ambassador slammed as “a disgrace”.
The diplomat’s comment on Thursday came a working day after the Serbian participant experienced just booked his area in the event semifinal with a straight-established thumping of Russian opponent Andrey Rublev in Rod Laver Arena.
Right after the match a team of admirers unfurled Russian flags close to the stadium, which includes a person showcasing President Vladimir Putin’s encounter, chanting professional-Russian slogans.
A Victoria law enforcement spokeswoman reported the 4 people have been kicked out of the event for revealing “inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards”. Law enforcement ended up called and they were being ejected from Melbourne Park.
“Players and their groups have been briefed and reminded of the occasion coverage relating to flags and symbols and to steer clear of any scenario that has the potential to disrupt,” Tennis Australia said in a assertion. “We carry on to perform carefully with function safety and legislation enforcement organizations.”
On January 17, the next working day of the Australian Open up, flags from Russia and Belarus ended up banned from Melbourne Park soon after they had been introduced into the stands by spectators the day in advance of. Usually, flags can be exhibited in the course of matches at Melbourne Park. But Tennis Australia reversed that coverage for the two nations around the world concerned in the invasion of Ukraine that commenced nearly a yr back, expressing the flags were causing disruption.
A movie later on posted to a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account showed Djokovic’s father Srdjan posing with a gentleman keeping a flag with Putin’s photograph.
It was captioned: “Novak Djokovic’s father makes daring political statement.”
Serbian tennis reporters confirmed it was Djokovic’s father and the Melbourne Age newspaper documented he explained in Serbian: “Long dwell Russia.”
Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, claimed the flag-waving was “shameful”.
“It’s a full deal. Between the Serbian flags, there is: a Russian flag, Putin, Z-image, so-referred to as Donetsk People’s Republic flag,” he tweeted with a website link to the video clip.
A further gentleman was photographed by AFP information agency inside of the stadium for the duration of Djokovic’s match with a pro-war “Z” image T-shirt – associated with help for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Considering the fact that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian players have usually competed beneath a neutral white flag as independents, as is the case at the Australian Open up.