Four Australian Open spectators ‘unveiled inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards,’ organizer says | CNN


Four people who attended the Australian Open were questioned by Victoria Police after they “revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards,” a Tennis Australia spokesperson told CNN on Wednesday.

“Four people in the crowd leaving the stadium revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards,” the spokesman said. “Victoria Police intervened and continue to question them.

“The comfort and safety of everyone is our priority and we work closely with security and authorities.”

Photos taken by Getty Images show a man wearing a T-shirt with the letter “Z” standing at Rod Laver Arena during Wednesday’s quarterfinal match between Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

Tennis Australia did not say whether the man in the photos is one of four people questioned by police. It was unclear when the man in the shirt was first seen. In another photo, the same man is seen wearing a different shirt.

CNN has a request with Victoria Police for comment

The “Z” symbol is considered a sign of support for Russia, including its invasion of Ukraine. The symbol has been seen on Russian equipment and clothing in Ukraine.

Tennis Australia previously said that fans would not be allowed to bring the Russian or Belarusian flag to the Australian Open site to enforce its “neutral flag” policy.

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