Not for the first time, Serbia’s volleyball federation has been forced to apologize after footage emerged of racist gestures being made mid-match.
Serbian player Sanja Djurdevic drew two fingers to the side of her face to make the “slanty-eyes” gesture.
It occurred after a Thai player’s failure to score a point during their match in Italy.
The incident saw The Volleyball Federation of Serbia put out a bizarre press statement apologizing.
“We are deeply saddened by the recent events that took place during Serbia vs Thailand #VNL match in Rimini and the unfortunate gesture of our player Sanja Djurdjevic,” the statement read.
“We apologize sincerely to the Thailand team, people of Thailand, and to all of you affected by this.
“But, please, don’t blow this out of proportion! Sanja is aware of her mistake and she immediately apologized to the whole Thailand team. She only wanted to show her teammates ‘let’s start playing defense like them now, she didn’t mean any disrespect. Of course, it was unfortunate.'
“It all ended up as a simple misunderstanding, in a friendly atmosphere between the players of the two teams. ”