Nemanja Matic, a Manchester United midfielder, slammed the Australian authorities for their treatment of Novak Djokovic.
After an 11-day legal struggle, Djokovic was deported from Australia late Sunday night, with the Federal Court’s full bench upholding with Minister Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa.
Matic called the authorities’ treatment of his Serbian compatriot ‘shameful,’ and expressed his support for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
‘Your glory and their shame will live forever,’ Matic wrote on social media. A shot of Djokovic winning the Australian Open accompanied his comment.
This isn’t the first time Matic has expressed his support for Djokovic in public. He supported the tennis player after he was chastised for hosting the contentious Adria Tour in 2020.
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Matic’s remark came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic described Djokovic’s court struggle as “torture.”
‘For ten days, they tormented – dare I say tortured – Novak Djokovic, not only intellectually, but physically,’ he claimed.
‘And there was something else that was much worse: a witch hunt against Djokovic – a guy who, let’s not forget, won the Australian Open nine times – that was completely unwarranted.’
In Djokovic’s words :
I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.
I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.’
Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued suppor.
You have all been a great source of strength to me.