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Court documents show Djokovic had COVID-19 last month

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So, who is at fault? Prime Minister Morrison said “rules are rules” and that incoming passengers were responsible for meeting border regulations.

Good !!..

Djoklowny must learn that..

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So, who is at fault? Prime Minister Morrison said “rules are rules” and that incoming passengers were responsible for meeting border regulations.

These rules didn't seem to bother Morrison when sports stars and celebrities could jet in and out of or around the country before the jabs came in when normal people were banned from doing so.

Morrison and most politicians like him from the main parties are a bunch of duplicitous liars, and this whole affair with Djokovic is a political game with no basis in science.

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zichi

On the date claimed he had covid he was also photographed at a public event.

Without a mask, no less! We can see what he thinks about the common person.

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So. He's had SARSCoV-2 twice in a year. Refuses to vaccinate. Appears in public while infected with covid.

Besides the cheeky beefcake photograph displayed in Serbia, a country of no particular import - and goofy protest in support of an anti-vaxxer, wealthy sports celebrity - fans who for some reason endorse his very bizarre understanding of virology - what is there to support his entry to Australia other than a purposeful affront to rules & regulations, simply because of an entitled status and a fat wad of cash to retain legal counsel to defend an indefensible stance?

He plays tennis. He has amassed a fortune. He seems mildly daft. Great. But, so what? Send him home, he's an aging athlete past his prime who claims entitlement & privilege should allow him to flaunt policies designed to stave off a pandemic. Can one imagine Federer or Nadal behaving in such a manner?

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On the date claimed he had covid he was also photographed at a public event.

Which proves that either he is a liar or criminally irresponsible putting others’ lives at risk.

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If it comes out that djokovic lied on his visa application he should be banned from traveling to Australia forever!

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Bottom line, if a country decides they will not allow you to enter, to bad for you. That is their right.

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Bottom line, if a country decides they will not allow you to enter, to bad for you. That is their right.

This is true.

But if Australia didn't want him to enter they shouldn't have issued him a visa and they shouldn't have allowed him to board an Australia bound flight.

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Federal rules apply to anyone wanting entry into Australia from abroad. State rules apply to people already in Australia wanting entry into the state. Tennis Australia tournament rules apply to players, officials and spectators for the event.

Djokovic Had approval from Tennis Australia and from state officials but did not meet the criteria to enter the country under current pandemic rules. His people did not do their job thoroughly enough and missed the critical component for entry. Meeting the Federal level requirement of being fully vaccinated against covid.

The only controversy is that somehow they messed up their paperwork and assumed access to Victoria state meant cleared entry into the country. It does not. It has never worked that way.

In normal pre pandemic times such a paperwork snafu may have been handled without much issue, but during the Pandemic there are other considerations at play and whether people agree or not they are in place for the protection of society and they apply to everyone equally.

None of this would have been possible if Novak had simply been vaccinated. Not a big deal, but a sensible move for an individual who's job entails international travel. His choice to forgo vaccination is exactly what has led to his current predicament. HIS CHOICE! Feel no sympathy for a person who shows none for those around him and has no care for making others sick by hiding his covid positive status and conducting public appearances without even a mask. The man is lucky he is not being held in jail.

Send him home.

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"They crucified Jesus, and now they are trying to crucify Novak the same way and force him on his knees."

--Djokovic's father, Srdjan

I hope this guy is not representative of Serbian culture.

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I assume his brother got COVID and ask the doctor instead of placing his first name on the doctor certificate could he replace it with Novak. That said, it still has nothing to do with the deportation. Border force and home affairs issue the visa and exemption certificate. They when off a previous infection regarding the exemption certificate they issued. Maggots Morrison say rules are rules but he broke the same Rule when he decide go the Sydney when he was in lockdown in Canberra during the Father’s Day weekend. He a proven liar International and at home. This sink of a Maggots work. I assume the Court will see that 93% of Australian are vaccinated. Border Force still allowed non infected non vaccinated people entry if test negative on arrival and spend 3 days home or hotel quarantine with testing on the third day. The Court is not allowed to discriminate and will overturn the deportation. The deportation is base on Djokovic being a health risk to the Australian public. The court will weight up if there is any difference between Djokovic and the non infected non vaccinated People Border Force allow entry and find no different as long as Djokovic has done the Quarantine and testing.

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Shame... I used to like Djokovic until I found out he is an antivaxxer, anti masker, the Serbians are up in arms (even though he's binned that country and lives in Monaco), and his wife's vegan restaurant is an absolute stinker.

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@plasticmonkey:

Srdjan Djokovic is not “representative of Serbian culture”. He is, however, representative of a certain part of Serbian culture. He and his wife Dijana are also representative of hysterical parents the world over who think the sun shines out of their children’s anatomy. It’s worth asking yourself also what the reaction would be in the USA if, say, Serena Williams in her prime had been stopped at an international border and prevented from entering a country. I’m pretty sure that the media reaction in the USA would be off the scale.

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But if Australia didn't want him to enter they shouldn't have issued him a visa and they shouldn't have allowed him to board an Australia bound flight.

The legitimacy of any visa can be scrutinised and re scrutinised by border officials as they see fit and no matter how many previous successful visits under the same visa. Perfectly normal practise.

Novak tried to bypass the rules as he is a mad ant-vax nutcase, but he didn't manage to fool everyone through the multiple levels of scrutiny. Good!

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The longer this goes on, the more it becoming obvious that the real villain in this case is Tennis Australia and in particular its boss Craig Tiley, who ignored Federal Government advice on eligibility to enter Australia, failed to inform the Victorian state government of the Federal advice, and sent misleading advice to players about the Open, including Djokovic. The other villain is Scott Morrison and the Feds, who also failed to advise the State government properly and who must be getting RSI now from all the duck-shoving and buck passing they’ve been engaging in since this started.

I’m not a fan of Djokovic. I don’t think he should be allowed to enter the country under any circumstances, because he’s unvaccinated and the rules are (or should be) the rules. But he and his team appear to have assumed, on the basis of the (mis)information available to them, that he would be OK to play in Australia. But he wasn’t, and now we have an absolute screw-up of a situation.

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You know how you avoid this?

don’t agree to host a tennis tournament and then try to block the #1 ranked player in the world over a politically driven issue.

if this were Naomi Osaka they would just crown him the tournament winner. claiming he “would have won” had he competed.

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@Blacklabel

Exactly, if the de facto, star of the tournament is not allowed to play, just cancel it. It loses all legitimacy.

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Can't see him getting in now. Public danger and menace. Now they have every right to just throw him out.

Border force did a great job. Hope he gets his marching order tomorrow.

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Which proves that either he is a liar or criminally irresponsible putting others’ lives at risk.

With the reports coming from Aussie government in the last few minutes, looks like he's just a liar.

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don’t agree to host a tennis tournament and then try to block the #1 ranked player in the world over a politically driven issue.

if this were Naomi Osaka they would just crown him the tournament winner. claiming he “would have won” had he competed.

Naomi is vaccinated, so the comparison is ridiculous

It's not political. Everyone else followed the rules.

Novak is a anti-vax conspiracy theory nut case and a liar, who should be publicly flogged before being booted out if the country.

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Its not political, Australia has nothing to gain by booting him out. He is a huge draw card and will be a huge loss for the tournament. And seems tennis australia has made assurances to him that he will be allowed in. They are obviously the main blame here. But I'm sure he was in the know. The Australian Govn. is just upholding the rules. And why should they bend them just because he is number 1. We now know what kind of person he is going around corona positive, attending events, taking photos with no mask.

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It certainly feels political to me. Simply because if you want to deny him entry then don't issue him the visa, but that's not what happened.

How is it issued then canceled, because the wrong box was checked? So if he checked the right box there would be no story? Then just process it as if he checked the right box.

His medical exemption doesn't apply? Even in that case it's Australia's authorities that's in the wrong, not Djokovic, as he reported and applied as per.

Unless Djokovic was dishonest in his application, I fail to see how he is to blame.

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John-San

I assume his brother got COVID and ask the doctor instead of placing his first name on the doctor certificate could he replace it with Novak. That said, it still has nothing to do with the deportation. Border force and home affairs issue the visa and exemption certificate.

Yeah, except that he didn't have an exemption from the Australian Border Force.

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ushosh123

His medical exemption doesn't apply? Even in that case it's Australia's authorities that's in the wrong, not Djokovic, as he reported and applied as per.

It's not that his medical exemption doesn't apply, he didn't get a medical exemption.

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The judge said after hearing that 2 federal recognise medical penals deem this bloke no health risk to Australian, what more could the bloke do) with a annoyance shake of the head. The judge broke lunch after hear the defence at 2:00 pm the court resume at 3:00pm to hear the Government case at 3:10pm the government ask for a adjournment to prepare for the stating lack of time. Judge reply was. Look the injunction runs out at 4:00 and you know this then The told the Government look I extent the injunction until 8:00 pm and that all. So can you get your act together because I will giving my decision then. Look like the government is badly prepared because they relies that the government gave them a very weak case.

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Djokovic wins Home Affairs ordered to pay cost. So there to your bias. I say it again, DJOKOVIC win game set match ha ha ha ha

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No this wasn’t political even with the evident of the Home Affairs email allow entry only to get Djokovic to Melbourne so they could kick him out with the world media looking on. Federal Judge dismiss saying all is legal what more could a bloke do. He jump all the hoop they wanted the bloke to jump. Not political even after being class a legal entry Magotson is still trying to cancel his visa. Good luck with that he out and surrounded by 1000,s of tennis crazy and Australian Serbian . Just try it with the world media cameras watching on. It will be a mess. Seem that everything magotison touches turn to runny mud.

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