French Sports Minister: Djokovic’s message “inappropriate and very political”


French Sports Minister Amelie Udea-Castera said today that the message of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic that “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia” is “inappropriate, militant and very political”, according to French media.

Two days ago, after winning the first round of Roland Garros against Aleksandar Kovačević from the USA, Djokovic wrote the message “Kosovo is the heart of Serbia, stop the violence” on the camera.

Amelie Udea-Kastera said in the TV show “Telematin” when asked by a journalist that it was “not appropriate” and that “it must not happen again”.

– When messages are sent that are a defense of human rights, messages that bring people together around universal values, we can express our position. An athlete is free to refer them. In this case, it is a militant and very political message – stated the French Minister of Sports.

Amelie Udea-Castera stated that the management of Roland Garros spoke with Djokovic and his team the day after the tournament organizers made the official announcement.

– This must not happen again. There is a principle of neutrality of the field – said the French Minister of Sports.

Tonight, in the second round of Roland Garros, Djokovic will play against Hungarian Marton Fučovič.

Source: Vesti online by

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