Russian fans attending Novak Djokovic’s demolition of Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open up have been detained by police at Melbourne Park immediately after allegedly threatening stability.
A admirer brandishing a flag bearing Russian president Vladimir Putin’s image is between four people law enforcement are interviewing next the incident outside Rod Laver Arena.
The team of fans gathered on the stairs between two of Australia’s legendary tennis stadiums, Rod Laver and Margaret Courtroom Arenas, to make a provocative political assertion.
Supporters have flouted procedures banning Russian and Belarusian flags from the grounds of Melbourne Park considering the fact that the tournament started on January 16.
But the incident on Wednesday night, in which the group of four guys brandished flags with Russian insignia with just one bearing the picture of Putin, is the most major breach yet.
“Four people today in the group leaving the stadium discovered inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened protection guards,” a Tennis Australia spokesperson reported.
“Victoria Law enforcement intervened and are continuing to question them. The comfort and protection of every person is our precedence and we do the job intently with security and authorities.”
Tennis Australia moved to ban patrons from bringing Russian or Belarusian flags or insignia into Melbourne Park following they caused offence in the preliminary phases of the grand slam.
“Our initial coverage was that fans could provide them in but could not use them to bring about disruption. Yesterday we had an incident in which a flag was put courtside,” Tennis Australia stated past week.
“We will keep on to perform with the players and our lovers to ensure the greatest achievable environment to love the tennis.”