In a shocking incident a 20-year-old Sikh man was kicked out of an overnight queue to watch a Wimbledon match as he apparently made other people around him “uncomfortable”.
The Sikh man, who doesn’t want to be identified by name, took to Facebook to vent out his anger.
In his post he claimed that it was an act of racism and even added that such cases have been on the rise since Britain decided to leave European Union (EU).
A hardcore tennis lover, the man claimed that he is a sportsman himself who dreams of playing professional tennis one day.
He later disclosed that he was eventually allowed to enter the ground, but only after re-queuing few hours later and after he had made an official complaint about the treatment.
According to media house Metro
, the man said that he “felt awful” for the way he was treated and added:
“I felt like I should’ve fought and negotiated but I backed down and silently left. I don’t feel like I’m ever going back now. It’s still one of my favourite tournaments but can no longer definitively say it’s a lifelong dream to play on centre court.”
After reading the young sikh’s post, dozens of people responded by asking him to report the “discrimination” to police.
When Wimbledon officials were questioned about the incident, a spokesperson replied by saying:
They further defended their action by adding that he had previously been warned about his conduct in ‘The Queue’ on up to six separate occasions during this year’s Championships and added that in “the event safety staff could have provided a better explanation to him.”
Meanwhile the man insists he did nothing that would warrant being escorted off the grounds and said he was not intoxicated, loud or aggressive.