Australian Open Marked by Ethnic Violence
A sad day for the Australian Open today as ethnic violence and offenses was seen at the games. Apparently chairs were tossed around back and forth as Bosnian and Serbian fans clashed this Friday after the Serbian Novak Djokovic defeated Bosnian born American Amer Delic.
Two men were arrested and 30 supporters ejected from the grounds as fans threw chairs and traded punches.
One woman was hit on the head with a chair and needed treatment for cuts and bruises. Two people were charged with riotous behaviour and discharging a missile.
Really sad to see this outcome out of such a beautiful sporting event and even more depreciating is to know that this wasn't the first time ethnic violence was present during the Australian Open.
The Australian Open has gained an unsavoury reputation for ethnic clashes. In 2007, the tournament was overshadowed when Serbian and Croatian fans, wearing the national colours of the bitter Balkan rivals, attacked each other with flagpoles, bottles and boots.
Let's all hope this incident doesn't repeat again in the future.