Leaked footage shows live news anchors calling Djokovic a “lying and sneaky asshole”

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Opinions on Novak Djokovic’s visa status ahead of the Australian Open are strong – apparently and in private.

Video of a conversation between a pair of TV presenters on Seven Network in Australia blowing up Djokovic – and seemingly unaware they were being taped – went viral after it was uploaded on Wednesday.

Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern challenge apparent errors on Djokovic’s visa application and launch personal attacks on the 20-time Grand Slam champion. We also hear them say that the government and border authorities have messed up the process.

Djokovic was arrested at the airport on his arrival in Melbourne last week and his visa was canceled by the Australian Border Force, which determined that he did not meet the criteria for medical exemption under Australian vaccination policies. COVID-19. That visa cancellation was overturned by a judge on Monday, but Djokovic was still in limbo on Wednesday because Australia’s Immigration Minister still decided to revoke the visa of the top-ranked tennis player again.

Craig McPherson, director of news and public affairs for Seven Network, said an investigation is underway to determine how the recording ended up online.

The Australian Open is scheduled to start on Monday.

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