British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan said Novak Djokovic has the right not to be vaccinated but added that also Australia has the right to throw him out of the country because he is not vaccinated.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 after announcing he was granted a medical exemption.
The Australian Border Force interrogated Djokovic at the Melbourne Airport before cancelling his visa.
Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel and he is awaiting his visa hearing — which is set for Monday.
“The Djokovic saga is not about whether you believe in Covid vaccines, but whether you believe famous sports stars should play by the same rules as everyone else. He has the right not to be jabbed, and Australia has the right to chuck him out for making a dodgy visa application,” Morgan tweeted.
The #Djokovic saga is not about whether you believe in covid vaccines, but whether you believe famous sports stars should play by the same rules as everyone else. He has the right not to be jabbed, and Australia has the right to chuck him out for making a dodgy visa application.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 5, 2022
Djokovic defended by Paul McNamee
Former Australian Open tournament director McNamee said Djokovic “played by the rules” and didn’t deserve this kind of tretment.
“He is the only player that I’ve ever known in the history of the Australian Open that has had his visa rescinded,” added McNamee in his interview with the ABC News. “Players need to know with confidence that if they’re flying round the world to events, there’s not going to be this sort of problem at entry.
“It’s a problem we’ve seen over the last two years in Australia and the victim of that is the No.1 player in the world.
“He was following the rules. Now you might be angry that he was given an exemption, but players need to have confidence that the rules they abide by are going to be enforced. It’s not fair to him. Whether you like the rules or not, he doesn’t make the rules – so he deserves his day on court and not in court, in my opinion.”