Australian Open: Russian flag act leads police to capture fan video

The primary Russian pro-war indicators had been seen on the Australian Open, resulting in an unsightly incident between a bunch of spectators and the police.

Tennis Australia has confirmed 4 spectators had been arrested by police and questioned additional after pro-Russian protesters noticed chanting outdoors Rod Laver Area following Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final win over Russia’s Andrey Rublev on Wednesday night time.

A press release from Victoria Police has confirmed that every one 4 males had been evicted from the occasion.

“Police spoke to 4 males after a Russian flag was positioned on the steps of the tennis court docket at round 10.20pm on Wednesday 25 January. All 4 males had been expelled,” the assertion stated.

Footage launched on-line confirmed a minimum of one man holding a Russian flag with President Vladimir Putin’s face on it.

One other man was seen on the stadium through the sport sporting a Professional-Warfare T-shirt with the ‘Z’ image on it.

Spectators are banned from carrying Russian or Belarusian flags on the Grand Slam after Ukraine’s ambassador referred to as for motion once they had been noticed within the crowd final week.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian gamers often compete as unbiased gamers beneath a impartial white flag, as is the case on the Australian Open.

Three of the eight quarterfinalists in males’s and ladies’s singles play as impartial gamers, whereas Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan was additionally born in Russia.

Two Belarussian gamers – Victoria Azarenka and Aryna Sabalenka – may meet in Saturday’s Australian Open last after progressing via to the final 4.

Karen Khachanov additionally performs in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the semifinals.

Tennis Australia stated in a press release that safety personnel had been threatened outdoors the stadium through the incident.

“4 folks within the crowd exiting the stadium unveiled inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety guards,” the Australian Open stated in a press release.

“Victoria Police intervened and continues to query her. Everybody’s consolation and security is our precedence and we’re working intently with safety and authorities.”

Imaginative and prescient of a bunch of spectators

Video of the incident, captured by journalist Tumaini Carayol, confirmed a bunch of spectators waving flags and chanting “Serbia, Russia.”

The Telegraph has additionally reported that Djokovic could have unknowingly signed a flag for a spectator beforehand seen within the crowd sporting the “Z” t-shirt.

Russian and Belarusian gamers have been banned from attending Wimbledon in 2022.

Initially printed as Police arrest followers over Putin flag riot at Australian Open