Russian fans going to Novak Djokovic’s demolition of Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open have actually been apprehended by cops at Melbourne Park after supposedly threatening security.
A fan displaying a flag bearing Russian president Vladimir Putin’s image is amongst 4 individuals cops are talking to following the event outside Rod Laver Arena.
The group of fans collected on the stairs in between 2 of Australia’s renowned tennis arenas, Rod Laver and Margaret Court Arenas, to make an intriguing political declaration.
Fans have actually flouted policies prohibiting Russian and Belarusian flags from the premises of Melbourne Park because the competition started on January 16.
However the event on Wednesday night, in which the group of 4 guys displayed flags with Russian insignia with one bearing the image of Putin, is the most severe breach yet.
“Four people in the crowd leaving the stadium revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards,” a Tennis Australia spokesperson said.
“Victoria Police intervened and are continuing to question them. The comfort and safety of everyone is our priority and we work closely with security and authorities.”
Tennis Australia moved to ban patrons from bringing Russian or Belarusian flags or insignia into Melbourne Park after they caused offence in the initial stages of the grand slam.
“Our initial policy was that fans could bring them in but could not use them to cause disruption. Yesterday we had an event where a flag was placed courtside,” Tennis Australia stated recently.
“We will continue to deal with the gamers and our fans to make sure the very best possible environment to take pleasure in the tennis.”