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News anchors call Novak Djokovic a 'lying, sneaky a**ehole' in leaked video

In the viral clip, 7 News anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern can be seen having an off-air discussion about the tennis player’s Australian border control saga
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Neasa Cumiskey

An investigation has been launched after a video of two Australian news presenters criticising Novak Djokovic was leaked online.

In the viral clip, 7 News anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern can be seen having an off-air discussion about the tennis player’s Australian border control saga.

“Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a**ehole, whatever way you look at it,” Maddern is heard saying to her colleague.

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“It’s unfortunate that everybody else stuffed up around him. But to go out when you know you’re Covid positive...”

Amor agreed: “He is an arsehole,” before adding: “He got a bulls**t fu**ing excuse and then fell over his own fu**ing lies which is what happens, right? That's what's happened.”

Both presenters then said that they think “he’s going to get away with it” and questioned the Australian authorities’ handling of the situation.

In a statement issued on Wednesday morning, Craig McPherson, Seven Network’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said that an investigation into the illegal recording and distribution of Amor and Maddern’s conversation is being carried out.

“The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues,” he said.

“It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found.”

Managing Director of Seven Melbourne Lewis Martin said that Maddern had apologised to him and added to 3AW Radio: “There has been an illegal recording of a private conversation. It is something that is going to be looked at and is being looked at thoroughly.

“We are going to have an outcome. What has happened here is illegal... We have got broadcast operations people that are looking into it from last night.

“So, they are working out how the vision was recorded and how it was distributed.”

Earlier this month, Djokovic landed in Melbourne with a medical exemption from vaccination on the basis he had tested positive to Covid-19 on December 16th and did not travel in the 14 days prior to his Australian flight.

The Australian Border Force determined that he did not meet the entry requirements for an unvaccinated traveller, launching an investigation into whether the tennis star lied on his travel declaration form.

Djokovic was then held in an immigration detention hotel for five days awaiting a court hearing, where he has since admitted to making a false declaration to Australian immigration regarding travel movements, although he attributed this to “human error.”

Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke has said a decision will not be made on Wednesday over whether to cancel Djokovic's visa.

It remains unclear if he will be able to play in the Australian Open beginning on January 17th.

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