Serbian volleyball player suspended from international competition after making anti-Asian racist gesture during match against Thailand

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A Serbian volleyball player has been suspended for two matches after she made a racist, anti-Asian gesture during an international match against Thailand.

Sanja Djurdjevic was caught on camera stretching her eyelids during the match, according to the FIVB Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee.

The Volleyball Federation of Serbia was also sanctioned and fined around $22,000, the sub-committee said. The funds will be donated to organizations and program focused on cultural sensitivity and anti-discrimination education.

Before deactivating her accounts, Djurdjevic made a public apology and said she had apologized to the Thai team after their match (which Serbia won). According to other social media posts, the two teams, including Pleumjit Thinkaow, the player supposedly the target of the gesture, seem to have buried the hatchet.

According to ESPN, members of the Serbian team were caught making a similar gesture after they qualified for the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Japan.

The Serbian team is currently ranked 8th in the world and is considered a medal contender at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.