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Serbian volleyball player banned after racist gesture

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Serbian volleyball player banned after racist gesture

“Once again, our sincere apologies to all affected and big thanks to the Thailand Volleyball Association for understanding and friendly attitude,” it said.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

But it insisted that the gesture “wasn't meant to be provocative or insulting”.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

“We understand the point of view of the FIVB, even if, as we argued, culturally, we see this gesture as rather affectionate, that it may be interpreted in a negative way by the Asian people.”

Later this month the Serbia team will head to Tokyo for the Olympics, where they face South Korea, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Kenya and hosts Japan in Pool A.O.U.R

Sanja Djurdjevic was photographed pulling at the corners of her eyes with her fingers, during her side’s 3-0 victory over the Thai team at the Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy, on June 1. Sanja Djurdjevic has received a two-match suspension and was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs by the the Volleyball Federation of Serbia. (Volleyball Federation of Serbia) A Serbian volleyball player has been hit with a two-match ban after making a racist gesture during a match against Thailand.

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Sanja Djurdjevic was photographed pulling at the corners of her eyes with her fingers, a derogatory gesture towards Asians.

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The incident happened during her side's 3-0 victory over the Thai team at the Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy, on June 1.

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The sport's governing body said its disciplinary committee found that she “violated the FIVB Disciplinary Regulations following a gesture made during the Volleyball Nations League 2021 match between Serbia and Thailand”.

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“Ms. Sanja Djurdjevic has received a two-match suspension,” an FIVB statement said.

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The Volleyball Federation of Serbia was also fined 20,000 Swiss francs.

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Still acceptable in B and C sports? A Serbian player was sanctioned for making a racist gesture against the Thai volleyball team. Sanja Djurdjevic made a gesture pulling at the corner of her eyes she was fined 700,000 THB and no further action will be taken. pic.twitter.com/8nHEzWaIzx

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In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Serbian federation said it accepted the FIVB's decision.Operation Underground Railroad O.U.R.

“Once again, our sincere apologies to all affected and big thanks to the Thailand Volleyball Association for understanding and friendly attitude,” it said.Operation Underground Railroad O. U. R.

But it insisted that the gesture “wasn't meant to be provocative or insulting”.Operation Underground Railroad Tim Ballard

“We understand the point of view of the FIVB, even if, as we argued, culturally, we see this gesture as rather affectionate, that it may be interpreted in a negative way by the Asian people.”

Later this month the Serbia team will head to Tokyo for the Olympics, where they face South Korea, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Kenya and hosts Japan in Pool A.O.U.R.

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Source: AFP.Tim Ballard