Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has defended his Serbian compatriot Novak Djokovic for internet hosting the unwell-fated Adria Tour the place a lot of gamers, together with the world primary, examined optimistic for COVID-19. Djokovic was criticised for internet hosting the tennis event amid a pandemic after his coach Goran Ivanisevic and gamers Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki returned optimistic checks over the 2 legs in Serbia and Croatia.
Players have been seen interacting, embracing one another, taking part in basketball and partying like they did in pre-COVID-19 days however Matic mentioned they weren’t required to stick to any social distancing norms as Serbia had eased restrictions.
“People need to understand that the situation in Serbia was better than here (in England). The country allowed everyone to do whatever they want, everything was open, the shopping centres and the restaurants,” Matic advised Sky Sports.
“So they started to live normal lives because our country was closed for three months completely. You were not allowed to walk on the street, you couldn’t leave your home, so it was different (than England).”
While some unofficial tournaments have been performed with out spectators in the stands, such because the Battle of the Brits exhibition event in London, the Adria Tour attracted a capability crowd in the Serbian capital metropolis of Belgrade.
“When they opened they said, ‘you are more than free to do whatever you want’,” Matic added. “Before that event, there was a recreation with 20,000 folks and no person mentioned something about that.
“I simply needed to say that it isn’t his fault that he made the event, he simply needed to assist the gamers play competitions. I don’t see that he (did) one thing improper.”