In reversal, Peng Shuai T-shirts will be allowed at Australian Open

1/25/2022 11:30:00 AM

Australian Open organizers said T-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai would be allowed at the tournament after a spectator’s removal drew international backlash.

Restrictions that resulted in the removal of a spectator for wearing a T-shirt supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai at the Australian Open have been overhauled after international backlash.

Australian Open organizers said T-shirts supporting Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai would be allowed at the tournament after a spectator’s removal drew international backlash.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley told The Associated Press it would be OK for people to wear the shirts at Melbourne Park, as long as they didn’t congregate in large groups or cause problems for other spectators.Download theFootage screened last weekend of security and police officers asking a fan to remove a shirt that featured an image of Peng on the front and “Where is Peng Shuai?” on the back brought widespread condemnation, with some critics describing it as cowardly.

“To ensure that the Australian Open remains a welcoming, safe and inclusive event for everyone, we have a longstanding policy of not allowing banners, signs or clothing that are commercial or political,” organizers said in a statement.Tiley said the security staffer was following the tournament’s protocols on the weekend but, after a review, the woman involved in the incident would be invited back to the tournament because she wasn’t deemed to be trying to cause a disruption.

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