No ones too rich or too famous! Newsreader Jon Snow wades into Novak Djokovic row

Novak Djokovic facing anxious wait over Australia visa appeal

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Novak Djokovic sparked backlash after telling fans he was given exemption permission to head Down Under for the upcoming Australian Open. After arriving in the country, he was denied entry after reportedly failing to provide necessary evidence for vaccine exemption.

The 34-year-old is said to have applied for a visa that doesn’t support vaccination exemption on medical grounds.

His appeal to stay in the country has been adjourned until Monday.

Today Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the tennis star was at risk of being sent back home.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Jon Snow, 74, wrote: “Novak Djokovic to be deported from Australia.

“Finally, proof positive that no one is too rich or too famous to evade Covid vaccination.”

The news has divided many who shared their thoughts on Twitter.

Alastair McAlpine wrote: “A slap in the face for those who actually follow the rules. Get vaccinated.”

Robert Rogers suggested Novak should be allowed to stay as “he is not at risk”.

He wrote: “The obsession with forcing a person who already had the virus and antibodies to take a vaccine against their will is insane. He is not at risk of getting or passing it to you anymore than a vaccinated person is.

“Also his age and fitness level makes him safe.”

Viola von Cramon added: “You’d better get vaccinated first, Sir.”

Australian Open organisers have been working closely with the Victorian Government in order to ensure the event is run as safely as possible amid a rise in Covid cases.

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The main protocol is that only fully vaccinated participants and fans are allowed to attend, unless they can prove medical exemption.

Novak has not disclosed the apparent medical reason behind his exemption publicly.

He previously said he was “opposed to vaccination” and wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine to travel.

Back in January, Channel 4 newsreader Jon encouraged people of his age to get vaccinated.

The journalist set an example by sharing a video of himself receiving the jab on his Channel 4 show.

In August, he was caught up in a crowd of anti-vaccine protesters who got into the London headquarters of production company ITN.

The Metropolitan police said in a statement: “The abuse of journalists because of their reporting on coronavirus is a worrying development which ITN has been closely monitoring and actively ensuring staff are aware of precautions to avoid coming to any harm.

“This action resulted in journalists being prevented from being able to go about their news gathering activities, something that ITN strongly condemns.”

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