4 with Russian flags kicked out of Australian Open by police

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Four people were kicked out of the Australian Open after displaying Russian flags – which have been banned from Melbourne Park – and threatening security guards, police and Tennis Australia said Thursday.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the four have not been charged but were ejected from the scene.

The flags, at least one of which featured a picture of Vladimir Putin, were waved during a gathering outside Rod Laver Arena after Novak Djokovic beat Russian player Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament on Wednesday night. .

“A small group of people displayed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards after a match on Wednesday night and were ejected. … Players and their teams have been briefed and reminded of the event policy regarding flags and symbols and to avoid any situation that has the potential to cause disruption,” Tennis Australian said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with event security and law enforcement agencies.”

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