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Baghdatis becomes tabloid target as race tensions flare at Open

Melbourne (dpa) - Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis has become a tabloid target in Melbourne after a YouTube video showed the Cypriot socialising with a notorious Greek supporters group.

Media reports printed stills from a video reportedly shot at a BBQ of the local Hellas Fan Club with Baghdatis holding a red flare above his head and chanting anti-Turkish slogans with others.

Only hours after number 16 Baghdatis beat 2005 champion Marat Safin to reach the third round on Friday, Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper splashed revelations that a cousin of the popular player had been banned for trouble with police earlier this week at the tournament.

Baghdatis' home island of Cyprus has been a flashpoint for ethnic tensions since winning independence from Britain in 1960. Turkey invaded and occupied part of the island in 1974 in the wake of an attempted coup by Greek Cypriots.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley confirmed that the VIP accreditation had been lifted from Baghdatis' cousin Filos after the man allegedly poured beer on a police officer on Tuesday.

But Marcos made sure that his relative was in the stands for the Thursday clash with Safin, giving him one of the tickets at his own disposal.

"When we found out who he was, I contacted Marcos's manager and Marcos," Tiley told the Herald Sun. "I just can't have him on the site as a guest of yours, so I'm pulling his accreditation.'

"It was a decision the tournament made because of everything that's going on. I just couldn't afford to have someone who was in any way associated with that to have the kind of access that he had."

The tournament has been on edge since Tuesday when police controversially charged into a crowd of rowdy Greeks during a match on Tuesday, using pepper gas crowds and sparking a firestorm of controversy.

That followed last year's mini-riot at Melbourne Park between rival Serbs and Croatians at what was once dubbed "the friendly Slam."

Baghdatis, who lost the 2006 final to Roger Federer while capturing the hearts of Melbourne's huge Greek community, will have a crowd of countrymen on hand when he plays Australian Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday.
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

Everyone's a racist. Nothing wrong.
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

I would suggest checking the definition of racism and the history behind the hostility between Greece and Turkey on the subject of Cyprus before calling Marcos a racist. Greeks and Turks do not belong in different races.
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

I would suggest checking the definition of racism and the history behind the hostility between Greece and Turkey on the subject of Cyprus before calling Marcos a racist. Greeks and Turks do not belong in different races.
I didn't directly call Marcos a racist, I put the question mark to see people's opinion on the issue.
 

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I didn't directly call Marcos a racist, I put the question mark to see people's opinion on the issue.
Well, the issue in the article has nothing to do with racism, so there is no point in posing that question.
 

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Typical Deivid23 causing trouble ;)
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

Well, the issue in the article has nothing to do with racism, so there is no point in posing that question.
rac·ism /ˈreɪsɪzəm/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[rey-siz-uhm] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Isn't anti-Turkish slogans, intolerance?
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

I would suggest checking the definition of racism and the history behind the hostility between Greece and Turkey on the subject of Cyprus before calling Marcos a racist. Greeks and Turks do not belong in different races.
There's definitely a long and bitter history between Greece and the Turks. It's complicated. Lots of strong feelings about the issue, I wouldn't condemn Marcos for this just because almost 90% of the Greek people I know feel the same way.
 

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Re: Baghdatis is a Racist?

I would suggest checking the definition of racism and the history behind the hostility between Greece and Turkey on the subject of Cyprus before calling Marcos a racist. Greeks and Turks do not belong in different races.

In fact, Greeks and Turks are "cousins".


'Kolya',
is it the proper time to bring this hot topic here?

I assure you that racism has nothing to do with that. It's a matter of politics and politicians. Just old shitty political issues between Greeks and Turks. Hope I made myself clear enough. :)
 

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rac·ism /ˈreɪsɪzəm/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[rey-siz-uhm] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
2. a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

Isn't anti-Turkish slogans, intolerance?
This is an historic issue, besides greeks and turks are more or less the same race..
 
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