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Australia visa decision: Novak Djokovic supporters clash with police

Djokovic fans were sprayed with pepper spray by the police.
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Djokovic fans were sprayed with pepper spray by the police.
AP

After an Australian court’s judgement to reinstate Novak Djokovic’s visa, the tennis star’s backers are contending with police.

Law enforcement seemed to pepper spray a number of the hundreds of fans express opposition against the world No. 1’s handling by the Australian government outside his lawyer’s office.

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Novak Djokovic supporters clash with police in Australia on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Novak Djokovic supporters clash with police in Australia on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Novak Djokovic supporters clash with police in Australia on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Reportedly, the tennis player was in a car striving to leave the area after the ruling. Protesters blocked the vehicle from moving, chanting “free Nole.” Police enclosed the vehicle and subsequently started pepper spraying the crowd.

Novak Djokovic pictured ln his car on Jan. 10, 2021.
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Although the judge ordered that Djokovic be set free from his quarantine hotel in Melbourne within 30 minutes of the ruling, government lawyer Christopher Tran informed the judge that Australia’s immigration minister

“will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation”

to reverse the resolution.

The judge’s ruling was based on the Serb not being furnished with ample time to speak to his lawyers next to officials determined that he did not meet the bases for a vaccine exception to enter the country.

Djokovic is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, winning in both 2020 and 2019.
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Prior to being released, Djokovic had been in quarantine for four days following being apprehended at the Melbourne airport. He had formerly been accorded a vaccine exception to play in the imminent Australian Open based on him testing positive for COVID in the past six months.

In spite of the uncertainty concerning whether Djokovic’s visa will go through, the Serbian player tweeted that he still intends on competing in the Australian Open. Australia’s immigration minister says he is yet

“currently considering the matter”

and will later rule on the decision.

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN,      NOVAK DJOKOVIC,     TENNIS,      1/10/22

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