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


4 individuals attending the Australian Open have been questioned by Victoria Police after they “revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety guards,” a Tennis Australia spokesperson advised CNN on Wednesday.

“4 individuals within the crowd leaving the stadium revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety guards,” the spokesperson stated. “Victoria Police intervened and are persevering with to query them.

“The consolation and security of everyone seems to be our precedence and we work intently with safety and authorities.”

Pictures shot by Getty Photographs present a person carrying a T-shirt with the letter “Z” on it whereas he was at Rod Laver Area throughout Wednesday’s quarterfinal match between Russian Andrey Rublev and Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Tennis Australia didn’t say if the person within the pictures is likely one of the 4 individuals being questioned by police. It was unclear when the person was first seen carrying the shirt. In one other picture, the identical man is seen carrying a special shirt.

CNN has a request in with Victoria Police for remark

The “Z” image is seen as an indication of assist for Russia, together with its invasion of Ukraine. The image has been seen on Russian tools and clothes in Ukraine.

Tennis Australia beforehand stated that followers wouldn’t be allowed to carry the Russian or Belarusian flag to the positioning of the Australian Open to implement its “impartial flag” coverage.