Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic calls out Australian authorities for their ‘SHAMEFUL’ treatment of Novak Djokovic and sends support to his Serbian compatriot
- Matic criticised the Australian authorities for their treatment of Novak Djokovic
- He was deported from Australia on Sunday night after 11 days of legal battling
- The Federal Court siding with Minister Hawke’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa
- The United star described the authorities’ treatment of Djokovic as ‘shameful’
- His comments came after Aleksandar Vucic referred to the legal battle as torture
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has criticised the Australian authorities for their treatment of Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was deported from Australia late on Sunday night after 11 days of legal wrangling ended with the full bench of the Federal Court siding with Minister Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa.
Matic described the authorities’ treatment of Djokovic as ‘shameful’ and sent his support to the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Nemanja Matic has criticised the Australian authorities for their treatment of Novak Djokovic
Matic took to social media to say: ‘Their glory and your shame will last forever’. His comment was accompanied by a photo of Djokovic winning the Australian Open (above)
This is not the first time Matic has publicly supported Djokovic. He previously defended the tennis star after he was criticised for hosting the controversial Adria Tour in 2020.
This time, Matic took to social media to say: ‘Their glory and your shame will last forever’. His comment was accompanied by a photo of Djokovic winning the Australian Open.
Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after 11 days of legal wrangling ended with the full bench of the Federal Court siding with Minister Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa
Matic’s comment came shortly after Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic referred to the legal battle Djokovic endured as torture.
IS NOVAK BANNED FROM AUSTRALIA?
Given the approval of Mr Hawke’s order, Djokovic is barred from travelling Down Under until 2025 as those subjected to rulings under that part of the Migration Act are unable to be granted visas while offshore for a duration of three years.
But the sanction can be waived in certain situations.
These include compassionate or compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia, which, in Djokovic’s case, could be argued includes his presence at the Australian Open tournaments in 2023 and 2024.
‘For 10 days they were tormenting – dare to say even torturing because it was not only intellectual, but physical torture – against Novak Djokovic,’ he said.
‘And there was something else which was even worse, that was a witch hunt organised against Djokovic – a guy, just not to forget it, who won nine times the Australian Open title and that was totally unnecessary.’
Mr Vucic said Australian athletes would be treated better when they arrived in Serbia for an athletics event in March and ‘and we won’t mistreat them due to elections.’
The president also said he had given Djokovic his full support and told him he ‘could not wait’ for the tennis star to return to Serbia where he was always welcome.
Meanwhile, Djokovic released a statement saying he was ‘extremely disappointed in the court’s ruling’ – after losing his last ditch attempt to stay and compete Down Under.
‘I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,’ his statement read.
‘I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.
Aleksandar Vucic (pictured on Sunday) has lashed out at Australia’s treatment of Novak Djokovic
Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said the 20-time Grand Slam winner (above) should have been treated better. He also said that Djokovic’s treatment was like ‘torture’
‘I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.’
Djokovic said he wished all the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans the best in the upcoming Grand Slam due to kick off in less than 24 hours.
‘Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support,’ the player concluded.
‘You have all been a great source of strength to me.’
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