London: A Sikh man was thrown out of the queue to watch Wimbledon Tennis Championship for making other people ‘uncomfortable’.
Govindpal Kooner took to Facebook last week to voice his anger at being thrown out and claimed it was an act of racism, cases of which have reported a rise in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU).
He quoted “Kicked out of the overnight camping line for centre court Wimbledon line ‘because you make some people around you uncomfortable, so we’re gonna have to report you and ask you to leave immediately, sir'”.
A Wimbledon spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a gentleman was asked to leave the queue at 4.42 am this morning (Friday) after a number of complaints from his fellow queuers about his behaviour.” He has previously been warned about his conduct in The Queue on up to six separate occasions during this year’s Championships.
“We do acknowledge, however, that in this instance the event safety staff could have provided a better explanation to him. Happily, the same person has been in the Grounds today (Friday) watching the tennis,” he said.