Novak Djokovic’s father poses with a Russian flag emblazoned with Putin’s face as a supporter shouts: ‘Lengthy dwell Russia!’ in stunning footage from the Australian Open

  • Srdan Djokovic has been filmed posing with Russian flag 
  • The flag additionally featured Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s face
  • It comes as 4 followers have been ejected for his or her pro-Russian flags and chants

Novak Djokovic’s father has been warned about his future behaviour after inflicting outrage on the Australian Open by posing with a Russian flag that had Vladimir Putin’s face on it.

Match officers have been pressured to challenge an announcement after a video emerged on a pro-Russia YouTube channel displaying the reckless actions of the Serbian star’s controversial father or mother.

Quickly after Djokovic reached the semi-finals on Thursday night time his father mingled with followers declaring their assist for Russia, with police and Tennis Australia confirming that 4 spectators have been evicted from Melbourne Park.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic (left) with father Srdan. After watching his son's quarter-final win at the Australian Open he was seen posing with a Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin's face

Tennis famous person Novak Djokovic (left) with father Srdan. After watching his son’s quarter-final win on the Australian Open he was seen posing with a Russian flag that includes Vladimir Putin’s face

Australian Open entry rules expressly forbid any flags in assist of Russia or Belarus.

A video posted on YouTube exhibits Srdan posing alongside the flag and a sympathiser who shouts ‘Lengthy Dwell Russia!’. 

Djokovic Senior is proven being warmly greeted by his son’s followers and he seems to say one thing supportive earlier than transferring on.

Srdan was significantly outspoken final 12 months when his son was deported after being detained because of not being vaccinated, accusing the Australian state of making an attempt to ‘assassinate’ his famous person offspring.

The participant himself has desperately tried to keep away from controversy since arriving in Australia to concentrate on his title efforts as he prepares to satisfy American Tommy Paul within the semi-final on Friday. 

Unwittingly or not, on Wednesday he could possibly be seen signing one thing for a person who had earlier been carrying a ‘Z’ T-shirt – Z having grow to be the makeshift brand of the Russian invaders of Ukraine.

A fan at the Australian Open was seen wearing Russia's ultra-nationalist 'Z' war symbol

A fan on the Australian Open was seen carrying Russia’s ultra-nationalist ‘Z’ battle image

This led embarrassed Tennis Australia to challenge a normal warning at a match the place gamers from the aggressor nations are nonetheless left in.

‘A small group of individuals displayed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety guards following a match on Wednesday night time and have been evicted,’ it learn. 

‘One patron is now aiding police with unrelated issues. Gamers and their groups have been briefed and reminded of the occasion coverage relating to flags and symbols and to keep away from any scenario that has the potential to disrupt. 

‘We proceed to work carefully with occasion safety and regulation enforcement businesses,’ learn the assertion.

Srdan Djokovic and wife Dijana watch Novak during his quarter-final win over Andrey Rublev on Wednesday

Srdan Djokovic and spouse Dijana watch Novak throughout his quarter-final win over Andrey Rublev on Wednesday

Completely individually on a pure tennis degree, there was hypothesis about how critical is a hamstring damage that he has been carrying whereas progressing by the match.

A faction of Serbian followers at Melbourne Park have been eager to reveal their kinship for Russia, regardless of the huge human value of the Ukraine invasion on each side. 

A group of fans chanted 'Russia, Serbia' in a reminder of the two countries' close cultural ties

A bunch of followers chanted ‘Russia, Serbia’ in a reminder of the 2 international locations’ shut cultural ties

Makes an attempt to cease them public displaying assist for Putin on the tennis haven’t been profitable, judging by Wednesday night time.

Ukrainian ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko expressed his disgust at their behaviour right now.

‘It’s a full package deal. Among the many Serbian flags there’s a Russian flag, Putin, Z-symbol, so referred to as Donetsk Folks Republic flag. It’s such a shame,’ he advised the Herald Solar.