‘Stick to the tennis’ Andy Murray shut down in furious Brexit row over Nigel Farage

Novak Djokovic: Nigel Farage criticises Australian government

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Tennis Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has been at the centre of controversy in Australia, after he had his visa cancelled over his coronavirus vaccination status. Djokovic had been held in a Melbourne detention centre since more detail was demanded on his medical exemption to enter Australia and compete at this month’s Grand Slam, although today he was released following a court hearing.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been vocally critical of mandated vaccines in the past and told officials in Australia that he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 during a Border Force interview last week. 

Amid the furor, former Brexit Party leader Farage lost it at Australia as he revealed the country have stripped the tennis ace of his phone and wallet.

The Brexiteer went as far as to accuse Australia of seeming to lose “any sense of liberty” and “any common sense”.

To show his support, Mr Farage, flew to Serbia to visit Djokovic’s brother on the night of the tennis star’s court appearance in Australia.

Mr Farage – who campaigned for Britain to have similar border rules as Australia – posted a video on Twitter where he walks into what appears to be Djokovic’s trophy room.

He captioned the video: “In the trophy room with Novak’s brother Djordje.”

However, three-time Grand Slam winner Murray launched an attack at Mr Farage.

Murray tweeted: “Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.”

However, Murray has been shut down in his argument by talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer.

She tweeted: “What an extraordinary – and factually wrong – tweet from Andy Murray.

“Nigel Farage simply campaigned for control of our borders – and the majority of voters agree with him.

“Stick to the tennis, mate.”

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Mr Farage has already weighed in on Djokovic’s treatment in Australia and warned: “Unless he makes an appeal, he will face an automatic three-year visa ban — so has to stay in prison conditions until the hearing on Monday.

“If they can do this to the world’s number one tennis player, just think what they could do to you.”

Murray was previously asked his opinion about the whole Djokovic fiasco and he gave the perfect response.

He said: “I think everyone is shocked by it [the circumstances] to be honest.

“I’m going to say two things on it just now. The first thing is that I hope that Novak is OK.

“I know him well, and I’ve always had a good relationship with him and I hope that he’s OK.

“The second thing I’ll say on it … it’s really not good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved.

“I think it’s really bad.”

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