‘That’s willful arrogance’ Djokovic slammed as tennis star blames aides for visa ‘mistake’

Novak Djokovic: Carole Malone slams statement on Covid

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Carole Malone hit out at Novak Djokovic for “willfully” failing to cancel a planned interview with the press despite having tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic has faced criticism from around the world for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine for personal reasons whilst still seeking to compete in the Australian Open. Ms Malone labelled the tennis star an “anti-vaxer” as he admitted to breaking isolation rules in his social media apology for having produced a “mistaken” visa request upon entering Australia.

Channel 5 host Jeremy Vine said: “This guy Carole, I mean words fail here.”

Ms Malone: “Well they don’t fail me, I mean this is arrogance in the extreme the guy is willfully infected people and he is still trying to justify in that statement.

“He says he didn’t want to let down the journalist, oh please! journalists get let down every day by people exactly like him.

“It was nothing to do with that. He just won’t accept (A0 that he had Covid and (B) that it’s dangerous.

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Ms Malone added: “It’s a typical anti-vaxer’s attitude, it’s astonishing!”

Mr Vine said: “I mean there’s everything in there except attendance at a Downing Street party, so I suppose we should be grateful for that.”

The statement was posted by Novak Djokovic via his social media account.

Mr Djokovic said: “I want to address the continuing misinformation about my activities.

And the attendance at events in December in the lead-up to my positive PCR Covid test result.

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Mr Djokovic added: “This is misinformation which needs to be corrected.

“Particularly in the interest of alleviating border concern in the community about my presence in Australia.

“And to address matters which are very hurtful and concerning to my family.

“I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test result until after that event.

“The next day, on 18 December I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events except for the L’Equipe interview.

“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down, but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken.

“While I went home after the interview to isolate for the required period, on reflection, this was an error of judgement and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.”


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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he has been considering stepping in after Mr Djokovic managed to win his court case and have his visa cancellation overturned.

The court battle was against the Australian Border Force who revoked Mr Djokovic’s visa to enter the country due to his vaccination status.

The Australian Government are still deciding on Djokovic’s status in Australia as he could still face deportation.

Immigration minister Alex Hawkes said: “Mr Djokovic’s lawyers have recently provided lengthy further submissions and supporting documentation said to be relevant to the possible cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa.

Mr Hawke said on Wednesday: “Naturally, this will affect the timeframe for a decision.”

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