Tennis star Novak Djokovic is facing deportation after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time.
The Australian government cancelled his visa on Friday, saying the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, unvaccinated for COVID-19, may pose a risk to the community.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used discretionary powers to again cancel Djokovic’s visa after a court quashed an earlier revocation and released him from immigration detention on Monday.
“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement.
The government “is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
He said he had “carefully considered” information from Djokovic, the Department of Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force.
Under the section of the Migration Act which the minister used to exercise his power to cancel the visa, Djokovic would not be able to secure a visa to come to Australia for three years, except in compelling circumstances that affect Australia’s interest.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the cancellation in the Federal Circuit and Family Court as they successfully did after the first cancellation.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed Djokovic’s pending deportation, saying Australia had achieved one of the lowest pandemic death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccination rates in the world.
“Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected,” Morrison said in a statement. “This is what the minister is doing in taking this action today.”
Djokovic’s exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organiser. That apparently allowed him to receive a visa to travel.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and cancelled his visa upon arrival in Melbourne.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provides update after return to Arsenal for heart tests
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he’s “absolutely fine” after returning to London for health checks.
The Arsenal forward was away at AFCON with Gabon when he experienced some heart issues.
A scan revealed possible issues after Aubameyang tested positive for Covid 19 in the lead up to the tournament.
The Gunners recalled the 32-year-old, who is currently not being selected by Mikel Arteta following a disciplinary breach.
Aubameyang has taken to social media to share that he is “completely healthy” following further tests.
He said on Instagram : “Hi guys, I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy!! Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it”
Gabon boss Patrice Neveu revealed that Arsenal were keen to get their player back once news of his possible issues broke.
He said, as quoted by Sky Sports : “What I know is that they’ve been Covid free for the last 72 hours. We couldn’t arrange an MRI for them, and as a result they couldn’t train.
“It was really annoying for them to stay in their rooms. We made the decision yesterday with the President and under pressure from the clubs too, because they’re worried so that [Aubameyang] should go back to Arsenal and Mario [Lemina] back to Nice.”
Despite Mikel Arteta’s recent shunning of the forward, Neveu did admit that it was the club’s right to recall their player.
Aubameyang is currently out of the first team picture as his future remains up in the air.
AFCON 2021: Nigeria to play Tunisia in Round of 16
Nigeria will take on Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16.
This was confirmed on Thursday, following the completion of all group games in the competition.
The Super Eagles finished top of Group D ahead of Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.
The Carthage Eagles lost 1-0 to Gambia in their final Group F clash.
Nigeria’s match against Tunisia will be played on Saturday, January 23.
Kick off is 8pm.
Novak Djokovic in talks to sue Australian government for ‘ill treatment’
Novak Djokovic is discussing with lawyers about suing the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.
The unvaccinated tennis star, 34, claimed he had a visa exemption but was deported before the Australian Open.
The damages of £3.2million includes the £2.3million prize money the world No?1 tennis player expected to have won.
According to The Sun, a source close to his agent Edoardo Artladi said: “It’s well known that Novak and his family feel he was poorly treated in the quarantine hotel in Melbourne.
“His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots. He was kept a virtual prisoner.”
Lawyer Toma Fila added: “He was subjected to humiliating treatment. He should sue.”
Djokovic is back home in Belgrade, Serbia.
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