Jeremy Kyle hits out at Novak Djokovic's mother
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Djokovic had announced on social media on Tuesday that he had medical exemption from the Covid vaccine. In April 2020, he had announced during a Facebook live that he was “opposed to vaccination” and “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine” if it was necessary to travel or compete in tournaments. He landed in Australia with a medical exemption from the Victoria State Government that was expected to protect him from the strict vaccination regulations in place for this year’s first major tennis tournament.
But he was detained by the Australian Border Force, who said: “Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled. Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia.”
Djokovic has appealed the case and will have a final decision by Monday. In the meantime, he is being held at Park Hotel in Carlton, a facility used by the Government to house immigration detainees, which his mother claims is “dirty” with “terrible food” and “bugs”.
In the most recent development, he has been joined at the holding hotel by another tennis star, Renata Voracova had already competed in a Melbourne event but has now been informed that she must leave the country due to vaccine controversy.
Djokovic is not being detained against his will, Australia Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Djokovic is “free to leave any time” by getting a flight home.
In a poll of 6,747 Express readers, held from January 6 to 7, a huge 85 per cent of voters believe Djokovic should be deported.
One reader said: “This has absolutely nothing to do with whether you agree with Covid vaccinations or not. It’s about whether the existing laws apply to everyone, equally, regardless of fame, money or status. A no brainer as far as I’m concerned.”
A voter added: “Australia has rules and if he wants to enter Australia he should conform.”
Many people pointed to the fact that Australia has endured the world’s longest cumulative lockdown in which all citizens have had to abide to the same rules, and so should stars – argued readers.
One reader commented: “The Australian Government, like many nations, has spent billions, with a huge debt burden for future generations and with strict rules for everyone.
“Why some individuals feel they have more rights than others and are entitled to a free pass is selfish and arrogant. If Novak does not like the policy he is free to play elsewhere.”
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Another added: “Personally I think that if the fans need a Covid passport to enter the stadium, then so should the players.”
But not every Express.co.uk reader agreed, with many citing Djokovic’s ‘human right’ to refuse the vaccine.
One voter, John, said: “Covid has become a blackmail tool. Have the jab or you can’t live as a free man.”
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