A Serbian volleyball player has been hit with a two-match boycott in the wake of making a bigoted signal during a match against Thailand. Sanja Djurdjevic was shot pulling at the sides of her eyes with her fingers, a critical motion towards Asians.
The episode occurred during her side's 3-0 triumph over the Thai group at the Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy, on June 1. The game's overseeing body said its disciplinary panel found that she "disregarded the FIVB Disciplinary Regulations following a motion made during the Volleyball Nations League 2021 match among Serbia and Thailand".
"Ms. Sanja Djurdjevic has gotten a two-match suspension," an FIVB explanation said. The Volleyball Federation of Serbia was additionally fined 20,000 Swiss francs.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the Serbian organization said it acknowledged the FIVB's choice.
"By and by, our genuine conciliatory sentiments to all influenced and large because of the Thailand Volleyball Association for understanding and amicable mentality," it said. However, it demanded that the motion "wasn't intended to be provocative or annoying".
"We comprehend the perspective of the FIVB, regardless of whether, as we contended, socially, we consider this to be as rather loving, that it very well might be deciphered in an adverse manner by the Asian public." in the not so distant future the Serbia group will go to Tokyo for the Olympics, where they point toward South Korea, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Kenya and hosts Japan in Pool A.