Four Australian Open spectators “displayed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security forces,” the organizer says


4 folks attending the Australian Open had been questioned by Victoria Police after they “revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety forces,” a Tennis Australia spokesman instructed CNN on Wednesday.

“4 folks within the crowd exiting the stadium unveiled inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety forces,” the spokesman stated. “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.”

Photographs taken by Getty Photographs present a person carrying a T-shirt with the letter ‘Z’ on it whereas attending the quarter-finals sport between Russia at Rod Laver Enviornment on Wednesday Andrei Rublev and Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Tennis Australia has not stated if the person within the pictures is without doubt one of the 4 folks being questioned by police. It was unclear when the person was first seen with the T-shirt. One other picture exhibits the identical man in a distinct shirt.

CNN has filed a request for remark with Victoria Police

the “Z” icon seen as an indication of assist for Russia, together with its invasion of Ukraine. The image has been seen on Russian gear and clothes in Ukraine.

Tennis Australia beforehand stated that followers are usually not allowed to convey the Russian or Belarusian flag to the Australian Open venue to implement its “impartial flag” coverage.