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Tennis Fan Booted After Russian Player Complains About Her Ukrainian Flag

Added 08-16-22 01:49:02pm EST - “An American fan wearing a giant Ukrainian flag around her shoulders as two Russian players faced off in Cincinnati was reportedly asked to leave after Russians complained.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “Tennis Fan Booted After Russian Player Complains About Her Ukrainian Flag”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An American fan wearing a giant Ukrainian flag around her shoulders as two Russian players faced off in Cincinnati was reportedly asked to leave after Russians complained.

You would be forgiven if you thought Russian athletes were still banned from international competition after Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. But it appears they are not only welcomed in places like the Cincinnati Open, but pandered to.

An incident over the weekend has drawn scorn from supporters of Ukraine after an American fan was told to leave a match between Russian players Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova on Sunday because the massive Ukraine flag quietly wrapped around her shoulders was somehow irritating the players.

The expulsion of the fan, identified only as Lola, came after one of the Russian players complained that the sight of the flag at a sporting event was “not nice,” according to sporting media.

“You’re not being nice. You need to put the flag away,’” Lola recalled the umpire telling her, in comments to WKRC. “The message I got was that it is agitating Russian players. I said, ‘I’m not putting it away.’ They kept playing for a minute or two. Then, they stopped the game again, and then the security guard came up to me and said, ‘Ma’am, I’m going to call the cops if you won’t leave.”

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