Volleyball Participant Suspended Over Racist Gesture About Thai Opponents

Serbian volleyball participant Sanja Djurdjevic has been suspended for 2 worldwide video games after she made a racist gesture throughout a match in opposition to Thailand.

The Volleyball Federation of Serbia was additionally hit with a fantastic of 20,000 Swiss Francs (round $22,300) by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball’s disciplinary panel after Djurdjevic stretched her eyelids aside in a slant-eyed gesture throughout an FIVB Volleyball Ladies’s Nationals League conflict.

Djurdjevic will miss her nationwide group’s upcoming video games in opposition to Belgium and Canada.

The fantastic shall be donated “to a trigger devoted to tackling discriminatory habits and/or to fund instructional applications on cultural sensitivity for the worldwide Volleyball Household,” the FIVB stated in a press release launched on-line this week.

“The FIVB is dedicated to fostering understanding, solidarity and unity in opposition to all types of discriminatory habits,” the group added. “The FIVB will proceed to work tirelessly with all of its Nationwide Federations to make sure that these values are mirrored throughout the entire neighborhood.”

Djurdjevic has since apologized for the offensive gesture, which she described as “unlucky and never so good.”

“I’m conscious of my mistake and I instantly after the match apologized to the entire Thailand group,” she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram publish. “I solely needed to handle my teammates with the message: ‘now, we are going to begin taking part in protection like them’, I didn’t imply to disrespect anybody.”

The incident comes 4 years after the Serbian group celebrated qualification to the 2018 FIVB Ladies’s World Championship in Japan in a equally offensive method.

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