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150 spectators ejected from Aussie Open after ethnic brawl

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MELBOURNE (AFP) - Police have ejected about 150 spectators from the Australian Open after an ugly brawl broke out between Serbian and Croatian fans inside the ground.

Fans wearing the national colours of the bitter Balkan rivals clashed in the Rod Laver Arena after taunting and hurling insults at each other.

Witnesses said they kicked and punched each other and set upon their rivals with flagpoles before dozens of police and security staff rushed in to end the melee and eject the combatants after confiscating their tickets.

"They were mostly Serbians ejected as they were upsetting the Croatians," Victoria state police spokeswoman Katherine Jess said.

Earlier, a group of fans gathered in central Melbourne and lit flares as they made their way to the stadium.

"It's bad because you go to the tennis and you go to watch and then it ends up in an actual brawl, it's just ridiculous," a Croatian fan called Marina told Australian Associated Press.

"You go to cheer on your actual player, not to go and fight."

Tennis Australia chief executive Steve Wood said there were no injuries or arrests and security staff had acted swiftly to end the fight.

He said fans in national colours had always been a welcome feature of the season-opening Grand Slam but organisers would not let troublemakers ruin the day for other patrons.

"We hope that today’s well coordinated response sends a clear message that while we are happy for fans to come along and support their favourite player, decisive action will be taken if any patrons, or groups, cross the line of acceptable behaviour at this family event," he said.

The Serbian fans had gathered to support in-form youngster Jelena Jankovic, while the Croats were at the tournament for daytime matches involving Mario Ancic, Karolina Sprem and Ivan Ljubicic.

Serbian Novak Djokovic plays China's Nicolas Massu in a night session.

Ancic said he knew nothing about the disturbance, which occurred as he was cruising to a straight sets victory over Japan's Go Soeda.

"No, I had no idea," he said, before defending Croatian fans.

"We are well known for great support but correct support. I don't know (of) any excess ever."

Serbian supporters were criticised at last week's Sydney International final when they booed Belgian Kim Clijsters during her win over Jankovic and chanted during her victory speech.

Melbourne has large Croatian and Serbian populations and rivalries between the communities has in the past spilled over into violence at football matches.

Community leaders from both sides condemned the violence but blamed each other for the clash.

"National pride is one thing but this is unacceptable," Croatian Community Association secretary Tom Starcevic said.

"I wasn't there but from what I've seen and heard the Serbs were quite provocative."

Serbian Cultural Club president, Toma Banjanin, said Croatian supporters provoked Serbian fans by flaunting their colours.

"You didn't see many Serbs dressed that way," Banjanin said. "I think Croats are always overdoing things, they are always mixing politics with sport."
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Good, that kind of behaviour is unaccepatable from anyone.

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The Serbs were mad about what the Ustashe Bikic Bastards have done to Jeca's career. (Maybe Damir organized it).
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I think the organizers are a bit worried about tomorrow, as a Serb plays a Croat in the mens's draw
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Serbian Novak Djokovic plays China's Nicolas Massu in a night session.
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nicolas massu was chinese since when?? wow first they say srebotnik is slovakian and now they are calling a chilean chinese.. these journalists need to check their facts

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These kids are over nationalistic morons.... how about waving the AUSTRALIAN flag..... 80% of them were born and bred in MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. To my knowlege most of them are not capable of strining a sentence together in Serbian or Croatian.... idiots.... i would like to see them on the streets of Zagreb or Belgrade crying like little babies.
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Serbian Cultural Club president, Toma Banjanin, said Croatian supporters provoked Serbian fans by flaunting their colours.

"You didn't see many Serbs dressed that way," Banjanin said. "I think Croats are always overdoing things, they are always mixing politics with sport."
So???????

How the f*ck is this Serbs' business????

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nicolas massu was chinese since when?? wow first they say srebotnik is slovakian and now they are calling a chilean chinese.. these journalists need to check their facts
If they don't know anything about tennis it's easy to get the abbreviations for Chile (CHI) and China (CHN) mixed up. Most people would assume that CHI is China. That's my guess at least.

What's the real cause between the tension between Serbians and Croatians? Is it just conflicting nationalism?

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Shame on them
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"Serbian Novak Djokovic plays China's Nicolas Massu in a night session."

If only China has a male player as Massu's calibre. Then again, he lost 1, 1, and 0 to Ancic.
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"National pride is one thing but this is unacceptable," Croatian Community Association secretary Tom Starcevic said.

"I wasn't there but from what I've seen and heard the Serbs were quite provocative."

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So can anyone tell me why this well informed jurnalist that says Massu is from China took a statement from a man who wasnt at the actual event!?????

I mean if this is how u write articles and get money....Can i do it too?

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It's always about those Serbs and Croatians

I don't know what the fuck does politics have to do with tennis? Jesus have mercy.
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Re: 150 spectators ejected from Aussie Open after ethnic brawl

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Serbian Cultural Club president, Toma Banjanin, said Croatian supporters provoked Serbian fans by flaunting their colours.

"You didn't see many Serbs dressed that way," Banjanin said. "I think Croats are always overdoing things, they are always mixing politics with sport."
Why is that provoking? It's not like they were doing that in Serbia!

Anyway, both Serbs and Croats that live in Australia are so :retarted:
They have emphasised national pride and little understanding what happened here during the war!
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'China's Nicolas Massu'


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