Violence at Australian Open Tennis (Again!)

January 26, 2009

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Violence erupted again at the Australian Open Tennis match between Novak Djokovic and Amer Delic. Two people were charged with riotous behaviour and discharging a missile, while a further 30 people were ejected from the ground.

“Delic and Djokovic said they were disappointed with the trouble after their good-spirited match. “I’m really sad to hear about that,” Delic said of the scuffles. “There’s absolutely no place for that here. This is a tennis match. Novak and I are friends. We’re both competitors, obviously. In the end it was a fair match, and there was no reason for such things.””

It is not the first time that ethnic tensions has led to crowd violence, indeed in both 2007 and 2008, crowd violence erupted between rival spectators prompting police to adopt a hardline presence at the event.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/jan/23/australian-open-violence-djokovic

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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