Piers Morgan celebrates as ‘cheat’ and ‘liar’ Novak Djokovic faces deportation after losing appeal

The Serbian’s hopes of defending his title in Melbourne now appear to be over with his first-round match scheduled for Monday evening

Jack Rathborn
Sunday 16 January 2022 08:20
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Australians react to Novak Djokovic having his visa revoked for second time

Piers Morgan has branded Novak Djokovic a “cheat” and a “liar” while celebrating his defeat over an appeal against cancelling his Australian visa.

The Serbian now faces deportation from Australia with his hopes of defending his Australian Open title now in tatters.

The 34-year-old was due to play his first-round match on Monday evening, but will now remain in detention ahead of deportation.

And Morgan was quick to relish the decision by the Federal Court, with Chief Justice Allsop confirming the decision was reached “unanimously”.

Morgan tweeted: “Covid rule cheat, immigration form liar and anti-vaxxer icon Novak Djokovic loses final appeal against deportation and will be thrown out of Australia without being able to compete in Australian Open. Good.”

Djokovic also confirmed his withdrawal from the Australian Open, adding he felt “uncomfortable” with the focus on him in the last week.

A statement read: “I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing.

“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.

“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.

“I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.

“I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.

“Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me.”

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