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BUT Supporter of Peng Shuai was sent off from Sunday’s Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios after causing a disruption during a break in play.
Activist Drew Pavlow shouted, “Where’s Peng Shuai?” during a break in the game. Security stopped him and ordered him to leave the territory. He shouted out a message in the third set.
“I didn’t want to interrupt the match itself, so I waited for a break in the game and then just held up a sign saying ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’,” Pavel told the Associated Press. “And I just said, ‘Where is Peng Shuai? A Chinese tennis star is being persecuted by the Chinese government. Did Wimbledon say something?‘”
Pavelu said he brought the tablet to the grounds, folding it up and hiding it in his boot. He also had a printed T-shirt tucked into the waistband of his jeans.
“I tried to be as loud as possible,” he said. “I shouted it out because I wanted people to hear it.”
Pavlov said the guards knocked him to the ground and then four of them held him back with their hands behind his back. He was taken to a public place near the Central Court and then ordered to leave the premises. When he tried to enter again, he was told that his tickets had been cancelled.
Pavlov also commented on the incident on Twitter.
“The Chinese government tried to wipe Peng Shuai off the face of the earth because she came out and accused a high-ranking CCP official of sexual abuse. And the saddest thing is that they almost managed to make everyone forget about her. I want people to forget,” he wrote.
“I’m sorry that I interrupted the match for 30 seconds, I tried to take a break between games to silently hold up the #WhereIsPengShuai sign, but the security immediately stopped me, so I shouted for people to hear Peng Shuai’s name. on the air.”
He added that the guards “thrown him down the stairs” and “smashed” his head against the wall.
The All England Club stated that Pavlou was sent off “after disrupting the game by screaming, running down the stairs and causing inconvenience to other spectators”.
The incident came days after Wimbledon security interrogated Peng Shuai supporters.
All England Club CEO Sally Bolton stated at the start of the tournament that Pan fans would be allowed to attend.
“We have entry rules and those entry rules are really focused on making sure everyone enjoys tennis in peace. So it’s not about what people wear, it’s about how they behave,” Bolton said.
Peng who won two Grand Slams in doubles titles in her career, disappeared from public view for several months last year after accusing former Communist Party member Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Her accusation was removed from the internet in China.
Peng has very rarely appeared in public since the allegations were made. She appeared at the Winter Olympics and was interviewed by a French newspaper in February.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.