Serbia calls Australia's decision to deport Djokovic 'scandalous'

Serbia’s president denounced Australia’s ‘scandalous’ ruling to deport Novak Djokovic over his decision to not get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the tennis star was always welcome to play in his homeland

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1/16/2022 3:45:00 PM

Serbia’s president denounced Australia’s ‘scandalous’ ruling to deport Novak Djokovic over his decision to not get vaccinated against COVID -19, saying the tennis star was always welcome to play in his homeland

Serbia's premier on Sunday denounced as 'scandalous' Australia's decision to deport tennis superstar Novak Djokovic over his decision not to be vaccinated against COVID -19, and the Serbian president said he would always be welcome in his homeland.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comDjokovic always welcome in homeland Serbia -presidentA"I think the court decision is scandalous...I find it unbelievable that we have two completely contradictory court decisions within the span of just a few days," Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told reporters in Belgrade.

"I am disappointed...I think it demonstrated how the rule of law is functioning or better to say not functioning in some other countries. In any case, I can hardly wait to see Novak Djokovic in our own country, in Serbia."The three-judge Federal Court panel upheld Hawke's decision, which cited grounds that Djokovic could post a threat to public order because his presence would encourage anti-vaccination sentiment amidst Australia's worst outbreak of the virus.

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Great, now all the anti-vax know where to go for vacation!!!! 🤣 I guess he doesn’t get to decide on how Australia runs there country. What about the other Serbian tennis player that was allowed into the country because he was vaccinated? Doesn’t seem political to me. Doesn't Serbia have a vaxx entry policy too?

COVID19 COVID CoronaVirus Pandemic StayAtHome StayHome StayAtHomeSaveLives CovidVaccine vaccination VaccinesWork facemasks Masks WearADamnMask So they don’t want him back either? Justice served an ace! Scandalous? Umm no..what's scandalous is lying on a visa , flouting covid rules and trying to 3nter a country where you know vax is required. Djoker isn't above the law DjokovicOut

rules are for everyone, no matter who you are or how big you THINK you are Oops. The world is disappointed that Novak thought he didn't need to follow the rules because he's rich and famous. Follow the rules and get vaccinated

Djokovic loses legal fight, set to be deported from AustraliaThe decision likely means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, will remain in detention in Melbourne until he is deported. 🇵🇸🥄🇵🇸SaveAlNaqab FreeThemAll ; SaveJerusalem ; SaveSheikhJarrah ; SaveSilwan ; Act4Palestine ; IsraelCrimes ; FreePalestine , EndIsraeliApartheid , ForaBolsonaro , Rohingya ; WhatsHappeningInMyanmar , SaveAfghanWomen IsraeliTerrorism StandWithThe6

Piss on communist Australia He should never return he doesn't need them Cry about it Rules apply to all!!!!! Alek, you shouldn’t have sent your guy flying into Australia on a lie and a prayer he didn’t get caught breaking the rules everyone else had to keep and did. I guess maybe the Serbian Prez and his tennis dude are the scandal, but..

Scandalous? Scandalous is Djokovic’s refusal to abide by *any* Covid rules including Serbia’s where he exposed Serbian *children* and a journalist to Covid after testing positive. lol should we remind them of their little stunt in the 90's.... that was scandalous These globalist politicians are criminals and should be arrested. The journalists also should be held accountable for their evil acts of pushing the COVID narrative.

Hahah If he can become president than anyone can🤔 Nah, he lied in his visa. Plain and simple. Not to mention there is additional evidence that the day after testing positive he went to a children’s event. Sociopath behavior.

Djokovic 'extremely disappointed', set to be deported from AustraliaThe decision likely means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, will remain in detention in Melbourne until he is deported. 🇵🇸🥄🇵🇸SaveAlNaqab FreeThemAll ; SaveJerusalem ; SaveSheikhJarrah ; SaveSilwan ; Act4Palestine ; IsraelCrimes ; FreePalestine , EndIsraeliApartheid , ForaBolsonaro , Rohingya ; WhatsHappeningInMyanmar , SaveAfghanWomen IsraeliTerrorism StandWithThe6

AU you are SUCH an embarrassment. You are EXACTLY why we all love our 2A. You can't do that to people that are armed. Too bad. So sad. The rest of the Open players respected the border requirement. 100%, now that this self-proclaimed exception has been deported. Not Taking Vaccine Is Personal Choice But Not Allowed To Participate Unvaccinated Player Is Politically Motivated Step!!! Every Country Has Their Own COVID19 Guidelines...Everybody Should Follow It Responsibly Without Any Hesitation...

J ai honte pour les sponsors comme Lacoste ou Peugeot He can always compete in the Serbian Open. So let him play in the Mickey Mouse tournaments in Serbia And where is your hero en route to? Dubai. Then most likely Monte Carlo to his tax-free heaven. Lol According to this Ruling Novak Djokovic is a Vaccine Terrorist who Incites People not to get Vaccinated,this was never about the Visa this was about keeping the Australian People under Control the sad thing is some Australians were cheering the Result

Novak Djokovic headed back to court to halt Australian deportationNovak Djokovic will be at center court Sunday in Australia — to face a panel of federal judges who will decide if he will be deported. Deport him already! This guy doesn't make the COVID rules. He chases a fuzzy little ball around FFS!

The unvaccinated need to be left out of everything Great. Let him stay there unvaccinated 🤬 I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to play in Serbia. Maybe next time he’ll follow the rules, drop his elitist entitled ego, and get to play where he actually wants to play. Disgusting. He is a matyr for freedom now. tsc tsc

Mate you gotta be serious! He broke rules in your own country! Seems like you don't wanna give a damn about it! But anyway if you've an issue then please grab a tissue... yes, stay in your Homeland, and stop being liar 🤥 Where no one wants to go😁 Great. His refusal to play by the rules has restricted his freedom to a tiny area of land

EXPLAINER: How Djokovic Plans to Fight Deportation in CourtNovak Djokovic won his first legal round against Australian authorities who want to deport him. The guy lied on his visa application. They might have let him in before that but not afterward.

Novak Djokovic Deported on Eve of Australian Open After Court RulingNovak Djokovic was deported from Australia after a court upheld a decision to cancel his visa, ending the tennis star’s bid to defend his Australian Open title 👏👏👏 Novak is the reason he couldn't play tennis. He failed to follow the rules and paid the price. The NoVax Joke has left the building. Glad he was subject to the same rules as everyone else.

'Public threat' Djokovic back in Australia detention before court hearingAustralia detains Novak Djokovic for a second time, calling the tennis star “a threat to public order” and fighting in court to deport him I just got another payout of R6Ok. can't just believe this, because I have lost so much in Bitcoin investment with several people, took a lot of loan until I was introduced to this great account manager who helped me recovered all my lost. thank you so much 🥰 MichaelWeldon_

Reuters 3 minute read Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic speaks during an interview with Reuters in Belgrade, Serbia, January 11, 2022. REUTERS/Zorana Jevtic Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PM raps 'two contradictory court decisions' within days Djokovic always welcome in homeland Serbia -president 'Politics has beaten sports', Serbian tennis group says BELGRADE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Serbia's premier on Sunday denounced as "scandalous" Australia's decision to deport tennis superstar Novak Djokovic over his decision not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Serbian president said he would always be welcome in his homeland. A unanimous ruling by a three-judge bench rejecting Djokovic's appeal against the cancellation of his visa dealt a final blow to his hopes of chasing a record 21st Grand Slam win at the Australian Open. "I think the court decision is scandalous...I find it unbelievable that we have two completely contradictory court decisions within the span of just a few days," Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told reporters in Belgrade. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register "I am disappointed...I think it demonstrated how the rule of law is functioning or better to say not functioning in some other countries. In any case, I can hardly wait to see Novak Djokovic in our own country, in Serbia." Djokovic, 34, flew out of Australia bound for Dubai on Sunday evening after saying in a brief statement that he was extremely disappointed by the court ruling and would respect it. Djokovic, the world's top men's tennis player, was first detained by Australian immigration authorities on Jan. 6, ordered released by a court on Jan. 10 and then detained again on Saturday, after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to cancel his visa. The three-judge Federal Court panel upheld Hawke's decision, which cited grounds that Djokovic could post a threat to public order because his presence would encourage anti-vaccination sentiment amidst Australia's worst outbreak of the virus. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he had spoken to Djokovic after the court decision. "I told him he is always welcome in Serbia," Vucic told reporters. read more The Serbian Tennis Association (TSS) said the "farce is over" and "politics has beaten sports" with Australia's decision to deport Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open nine times. “Novak Djokovic...has been denied an opportunity to win a milestone 10th title (in Australia). Political pressure has led to the revocation of his visa to satisfy ‘public interest’," the TSS said in a statement. "...It begs the question whether athletes will from now on be incarcerated like criminals and deported when it suits the political interests of powerful individuals," it said. Sports Minister Vanja Udovicic, a former professional water polo player, said Djokovic was the best tennis player ever. "Everything else is nonsense and shame, absurdity and hypocrisy! Legend, pride of Serbia, we are with you," she said. In the Serbian capital Belgrade, Djokovic's hometown, many support him though some felt he should have been vaccinated. "I think Australia should be ashamed of itself and that the decision was not a just one. I am sorry for Novak as a tennis player and as a person," said Danilo Mircic, a student. "If I were him, I would get vaccinated and avoid problems in the future," said Aleksandar Janjic, a middle-aged computer programmer. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Reporting by Ivana Sekularac, Aleksandar Vasovic and Zoran Milosavljevic Editing by Mark Heinrich Our Standards: More from Reuters Daily Briefing Subscribe to our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. Sign up