In addition to the suspension, the independent body, which is responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions in FIVB competitions, fined the Serbian volleyball federation the equivalent of $ 22,000. According to the panel, the FIVB will donate the money to a cause dedicated to combating discriminatory behavior and / or to fund educational programs on cultural sensitivity.
Posting on his account since the deactivation, Djurdjevic apologized for his actions. “I am aware of my mistake and immediately after the match apologized to the whole Thai team.”
“I just wanted to address my teammates with the message: ‘Now we are going to start playing defense like them’, I didn’t want to disrespect anyone,” she added.
“She did not want to be disrespectful. Of course, it was unfortunate. It all ended with a simple misunderstanding, in a friendly atmosphere between the players of the two teams,” the team’s statement continued.
“An apology is the bare minimum as a human being. But Djurdjevic and the national volleyball team represent their country in an official sport with official FIVB rules and these rules must be observed to maintain credibility and setting the standard for the world, ”he added. petition said.
A global assessment
The FIVB confirmed that Djurdjevic’s sanction is “final”, adding that it is “committed to fostering understanding, solidarity and unity against all forms of discriminatory behavior”.
“The FIVB will continue to work tirelessly with all of its national federations to ensure that these values are reflected throughout the community,” they added.