Andy Murray rips Nigel Farage over his support for Novak Djokovic

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Andy Murray and Nigel Farage

Andy Murray mocked Nigel Farage’s support of Novak Djokovic (Picture: Getty/Nigel Farage Twitter)

Andy Murray may well have secured game, set and match with a brutal takedown of Nigel Farage after the former MP was seen supporting Novak Djokovic’s fight against deportation from Australia.

The world No.1 is soon set to discover if he will be deported from Australia with a decision expected in a Melbourne court today over whether his appeal against a visa rejection is successful with his place at the Australian Open in doubt.

Brexiteer Farage is currently with Djokovic’s family in Belgrade as they await the outcome of the court case.

He took to Twitter to share a video of him in the Serb’s trophy room with Djokovic’s brother Djordje.

But former British No.1 Murray took aim at the former UKIP leader with a savage tweet given the broadcaster’s current stance, despite spending many years campaigning for stricter border controls in the UK.

Retweeting the 57-year-old’s post, Murray said: ‘Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.’

Farage has been keeping his followers up to date with his conversations with Djokovic’s family, who allege the tennis star has been detained in horrible conditions at a detention hotel.

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‘I am talking with the Djokovic family and they are clear that Tennis Australia, in line with Victoria state law, allowed Novak to come to Australia as he had proof of a positive PCR test within the last six months,’ the controversial figure told his followers.

‘He was then arrested [and had] his phone and wallet taken. When the Australian Home Affairs Minister says Novak Djokovic is free to leave, she is not being straight.

‘Unless he makes an appeal, he will face an automatic three-year visa ban – so has to stay in prison conditions until the hearing on Monday.’

Djokovic’s lawyers will argue the tennis player was treated unfairly and without proper process at Melbourne airport before he was sent to the immigration detention hotel.

They will also argue that Australian government advice includes a recent Covid infection as a valid exemption to the vaccine requirement for entry.

‘Novak could have left Australia by now – but had he done that, he would have admitted he is guilty, which he is not, and [accepted] defeat, which is not an option,’ his brother Djordje said.

“What’s left is to await the court decision. I don’t know what he’ll do if the decision doesn’t go his way, and he doesn’t know either.

‘He is full of emotions, and tennis and the Grand Slam are currently the last things on his mind. The only thing he wants is to see justice served and the truth revealed.

‘He didn’t complete any forms; that was done through the Australian tennis federation.

‘It co-operated with the federal government and the tennis federation cannot issue any certificate – it was issued by the Victorian government.

‘But the federal government stopped that certificate, which means we’ve reached a serious political situation.”

‘A Czech player, who had the same papers as Novak, is also being deported. Novak does not want to withdraw but to see justice done for him and everyone else.’


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