Aus Open calls police as fans bring Russia flags and make ‘threats’

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Fans waving Russian flags were detained by police tonight after shocking scenes at the Australian Open. Tournament organisers moved to ban all Russian and Belarusian flags at Melbourne Park after a Russian flag was on display during the match involving a Ukrainian player.

But footage taken after Novak Djokovic’s semi-final win tonight showed Serbian and Russian fans celebrating together.

A Tennis Australia statement: “Four people in the crowd leaving the stadium revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards. Victoria Police intervened and are continuing to question them. The comfort and safety of everyone is our priority and we work closely with security and authorities.”

The incidents followed Billie Jean King saying earlier in the day that the ban on Russian and Belarusian players should be lifted at Wimbledon.

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