Schofield slams Australia for ‘complicating’ the Djokovic saga, saying it could have been sorted in an afternoon.
PHILLIP SCHOFIELD weighed in on the ongoing saga involving tennis player Novak Djokovic, following unconfirmed reports that he had been arrested in Australia following his release from detention for violating the country’s Covid protocols.
Novak Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open is still clouded in controversy just hours after a court overturned his visa cancellation.
Despite the court ruling, unconfirmed reports emerged from a Serbian journalist that Novak had been arrested, and Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke still has the power to cancel Novak’s visa.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield discussed the situation on ITV’s This Morning.
Vanessa Feltz and Gyles Brandreth had joined Holly and Phillip on the show to talk about the latest news, and it didn’t take long for the tennis player to be mentioned.
And it was clear early on that the ITV panel was perplexed, with Vanessa claiming that Novak’s “exemption claims” didn’t “seem to hold water.”
“Confusion reigns,” Gyles agreed before admitting that Australia’s strict Covid rules have been a “nightmare.”
“If you know any Australians, they’ve had a nightmare either not being able to get back or not being able to get back to Europe,” the This Morning guest continued.
“So that’s why there’s such a big storm,” Gyles explained before Holly added, “What will be fascinating is what happens from here.”
“How will it affect his game, how will it affect his head, how will the crowd react if he stays there and competes?”
“They’ve been saying that all weekend,” Vanessa continued, “how he hasn’t had the right food, he hasn’t had the right chance to exercise, this is all unfair, and even if he does compete, he won’t be at his peak,” and so on.
“But I imagine it’ll be a massive vote winner, isn’t it?” “But I imagine it’ll be a massive vote winner, isn’t it?”
“Whichever minister is in charge is going to really fancy doing that, isn’t it? It’ll look really attractive if they do it, so I’m not sure what chance (he has).”
Phillip, you’re at a crossroads right now.
“News from the Brinkwire.”