Aussie PM speaks out on Djokovic visa insisting “no one is above the rules”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out following the decision to reject Novak Djokovic’s visa.

The tennis star’s place at next month’s Australian Open is in severe doubt after the decision and he is expected to be flown out of Melbourne on Thursday.

However, Djokovic’s lawyers are set to appeal the decision at denying the Serb entry to the country.

Australian health minister Greg Hunt confirmed the news when he said the tennis ace would be sent home as he has failed to provide "appropriate standards of proof" to be allowed to enter the country.

The update is the latest twist in the saga surrounding Djokovic’s participation at this year’s Australian Open.

On Tuesday the world number one had told fans on social media that he had been given an “exemption permission” in order to travel and compete and that he would be travelling to Australia to compete.

But as he was making his way Down Under reports began to emerge of the visa problem.

Following several hours with Australian Border Force officials the Serb is now facing a return flight home.

And Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has now spoken out on the decision.

On Twitter he said: “Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders.

“No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.”

With his place in the Australian Open now in severe doubt the saga is unlikely to end soon regarding Djokovic’s participation.

The star’s lawyers are set to appeal and, even if successful, he looks set to receive a hostile reception.

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