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Djokovic’s Australian visa hearing is underway

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The world is watching as tennis ace Novak Djokovic takes on the Australian government over his visa ban, ahead of the Australian Open.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa hearing is taking place in Melbourne and the decision will determine whether he can remain in Australia and compete in the Australian Open.

His visa was canceled last week for entering Australia without a valid medical exemption from the country’s Covid vaccination requirement for all arrivals.

If the court upholds the cancellation, Djokovic will be deported as soon as possible.

Monday’s court hearing was delayed by technical issues. A live feed set up for the public to watch appeared overwhelmed and failed to load.

The hearing is under way and Djokovic’s lawyers, led by Nicholas Wood, SC, are addressing the tennis player’s entry into Australia under the Biosecurity Act.

Mr Wood tells Judge Anthony Kelly the Act does not require entrants to provide evidence of a medical contraindication, but Djokovic did.

Supporters gather

Fans and protesters alike have been gathering outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne since Novak Djokovic was moved to the temporary detention facility.

Djokovic case has prompted anger from people who feel the rich and powerful are getting an easy ride when it comes to Australia’s tough Covid-19 rules.

Djokovic remains in the Park Hotel in Melbourne, despite his repeated requests to be moved to a “more suitable place of detention,” according to court documents published Saturday.

The tennis star had wanted to train in the event he’s released from immigration detention to contest the Australian Open after Monday’s hearing.

Serbian officials have managed to negotiate extra concessions, the country’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told Serbian national TV station RTV Pink on Saturday.

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Tech giant could bid for Man Utd

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Apple could be the next owner of English football giant Manchester United.

Reports suggest the American tech giant is considering a billion-dollar bid to take over the club.

It was confirmed earlier this week that the American Glazer family’s ownership of the football club is set to end.

The family sent a note to the New York Stock Exchange saying they’re exploring “strategic alternatives” for the English football club.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is apparently keen to explore opportunities that owning Manchester United could provide, and is weighing up an official bid for the club in the region of $7 billion.

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Japanese fans help clean up Qatar stadium, in pure class act

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In a show of good faith, Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean the stadium

Japanese soccer fans stayed back to clean up the Qatar stadium, where they even had their own plastic bags with them.

The supporters of the Samurai Blue are earning praise for cleaning up their mess after the game.

Japan had a stunning win over Germany in their opening match of the FIFA Men’s World Cup.

It’s become a common sight at some stadiums and events in Japan.

It’s a very common sight, according to one Japanese fan, who says the practice is not unusual.

FIFA has also posted an image from the Japanese change rooms after the game, with no mess in sight.

Japan beat Germany 2 – 1 in the match. They will now take on Costa Rica in Group E.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has played his last Man Utd game

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Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave the club with immediate effect.

The two parties mutually agreed to go their separate ways, in the wake of the 37-year-old’s recent interview with Piers Morgan.

In that interview, Ronaldo criticised the manager for not playing him as often and the club for ‘not evolving’ since returning for his second stint.

Ronaldo has not appeared for the Red Devils since picking up an illness in early November.

United are fifth in the Premier League, with the season taking a break for the World Cup in Qatar.

This all comes in the wake of Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, looking for investors after 17 years of ownership.

It has not yet been revealed whether it will be a full or partial sale of the club, or a strategic partnership.

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