‘Jesus was crucified…Novak was also crucified’ – Djokovic’s father attacks Australian authorities

Novak Djokovic’s father claims the world number one has been scapegoated and “crucified” in a row with Australian authorities over a Covid-19 medical exemption.

The Serbian is awaiting the outcome of an appeal by the Australian Border Force (ABF) against a decision to revoke the entry visa of the defending Australian Open champion and deport him.

With the appeal postponed until 10 a.m. on Monday, Djokovic is being detained at the Park Hotel, a state-run quarantine facility in Melbourne that also houses asylum seekers.

Djokovic has spoken out about opposition to vaccination in the past, and posted on social media before leaving for the Australian Open, saying he had received “waivers” to enter the country.

However, the ABF refused to let the 34-year-old inside saying that he had failed to produce suitable evidence to justify the exemption.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claims that Djokovic was the victim of “political persecution” by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and others in the country’s government, calling for him to be moved from a “terrible hotel”, where he is to be housed in a private rented house. being taken into custody. ,

Back in Belgrade, Djokovic’s father, Sarjan, demonstrated outside the buildings of the National Assembly and addressed a media conference to highlight what the Serbian family and their supporters considered to be under injustice.

“He has met all the prerequisites for entry and participation in the tournament, which he certainly would have won, because it is Novak, who is the best tennis player and player in the world,” Srijan Djokovic told a news conference on Thursday. “

“Jesus was crucified and suffered a lot, but is still alive among us. Nowak has also been crucified… he will endure.”

Sarjan Djokovic had also said that his son was being unfairly thrown out.

“Novak and his team filed the same documents as the 25 other tennis players (who were exempt) and they had no problem, just Novak,” Djokovic Sr. said in an interview broadcast by Sky News.

“They wanted to humiliate her. They could have said ‘Don’t come Novak’ and that would have been fine. But no, they wanted to humiliate her and they’re still putting her in jail.

“He’s not in custody, he’s in jail. They took all his belongings, even his wallet, they just left him with his phone and a change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face.

“Our pride is a prisoner of these idiots, shame, the whole free world, including Serbia, must rise. This is not a fight between Serbia and Novak, this is a fight for billions of people, for freedom of speech, for freedom of speech, for behavior.” Is freedom.

“Novak broke no laws, like seven billion people broke no laws, they want to put us and all of us on our knees.”

Australian Prime Minister Morrison also indicated that Djokovic’s public statement about the exemption had attracted the attention of the ABF.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said on Channel 9 News: “Visa for entry was granted, but it does not guarantee entry.

“He (Djokovic), along with any other person who wishes to enter Australia, must also satisfy entry requirements, which include medical evidence of vaccination or alternatively medical reasons to the point that that person has Why can’t I get vaccinated?

“He has not met the entry requirements – there is a lot of talk about visas, but in my understanding that is not the issue, it is the entry requirements…. that he was not able to present the necessary evidence for entry into Australia. “

Andrews said the ABF is now also investigating other players who have already entered the country using similar medical exemptions that Djokovic claimed on his visa.

“As people come into Australia, they need to meet visas as well as our entry requirements,” she said.

“If they come in and they don’t have the proper documents, they are at risk, that they will be stopped at the border and go through the exact same process that is being played now.”

Djokovic’s great rival, Rafael Nadal, had little sympathy for the Serbian.

“I’ve been vaccinated twice. If you do that, you have no problem playing here,” the Spaniard said after his match against Ricardas Beranquis at the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up tournament on Thursday.

“The only obvious thing is that if you’re vaccinated, you can play at the Australian Open and everywhere else, and in my opinion the world is suffering enough for not following the rules.

“There are rules, and if you don’t want to get vaccinated, you could get in some trouble. I think if he wanted, he would have been playing here in Australia without any problem.

“He made his own decisions, and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but then there are consequences.

“Of course I don’t like the situation that is happening. Somehow I feel sorry for that.

“But at the same time, he knew the terms months in advance, so he makes his decision.”