n Australian company has sacked one of its employees for leaking a tape of two TV anchors calling Novak Djokovic an “a***hole”.
Ai-Media Technologies, which provides captioning and transcription services, fired the staff member after they released an expletive-laden video showing anchors at Seven West Media’s discussing tennis star’s visa fiasco.
In a candid off-air conversation, presenters Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern are heard discussing the world number ones plight, with Mr Amor saying: “He fell over his own lies... which is what happens right?”
Later in the clip, they both claim that Djokovic is “going to get away with it”.
The video appears to have been recorded without the news presenters’ knowledge and quickly went viral on social media, with many people voicing support for the anchors.
“Ai-Media has identified that an employee working remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak was responsible for the unauthorised distribution of the content,” the company said in a statement.
The employee has not been named.
Djokovic’s visa was first revoked shortly after his arrival in Melbourne on January 6, after Australian border force officials said he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to receive a vaccine exemption.
The original decision to grant him an exemption sparked enormous backlash from the Australian public, around 90 per cent of whom are double vaccinated. Australians continue to face some of the world’s strictest curbs.
Djokovic was detained and spent hours at immigration control and then days at an immigration hotel, while supporters loudly protested outside.
Australia cancelled his visa for the second time in a row over his desire to stay in the country despite being unvaccinated.
On Friday night (Melbourne time) an emergency hearing was held before Judge Anthony Kelly- the judge quashed Djokovic’s visa refusal the first time round.
The court heard the decision to deport had been based on Djokovic’s continued presence in the country causing “excitement in the anti-vaxx community”.