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Fine or three years in jail: Serbian laws threaten Djokovic for skipping quarantine after testing positive

The tennis player admitted that he attended public events knowing he was infected, which could bring him problems in his country.
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The problems multiply for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian tennis player, who is in Australia preparing for the first Grand Slam of the season, for which he already has a rival amid the uncertainty of his participation, may also have to face the justice of his country.

According to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’, the Serbian criminal code includes a fine or up to three years in prison as a possible sanction for those who skip the health protocols.

Djokovic himself admitted this week to having attended an interview despite having tested positive for covid, which keeps him in the spotlight for not complying with the established quarantine.

“I felt compelled to go to the interview with L’Equipe so as not to leave the journalist stranded, but I kept a social distance and a mask all the time, except during the photographs. When I returned home I isolated myself and reflected. I made a mistake in judgment and I admit that I had to postpone the appointment, “said the tennis player in a statement issued through social networks.

At the moment, the possible litigation in Serbia is up in the air until his situation in Australia is resolved, where he has been paired in the Open draw with his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic while the decision of the Australian Government arrives on whether to finally deport him or not for going to the country without the sanitary conditions established by law in the pandemic.

On the other hand, the Spanish Ministry of the Interior asked the Police this Wednesday to investigate the arrival of the Serb in Spain in the last week of December to clarify whether he entered the national territory illegally.

Djokovic has not clarified whether or not he is vaccinated against covid, so he does not have a passport, an essential requirement to enter Spain unless special permission is requested, which the number one in the world, according to information, did not do for go to Marbella to train.

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