The Volleyball Federation of Serbia was also hit with a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs (around $22,300) by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball’s disciplinary panel after Djurdjevic stretched her eyelids apart in a slant-eyed gesture during an FIVB Volleyball Women’s Nationals League clash.
Djurdjevic will miss her national team’s upcoming games against Belgium and Canada.
The fine will be donated “to a cause dedicated to tackling discriminatory behavior and/or to fund educational programs on cultural sensitivity for the global Volleyball Family,” the FIVB said in a statement released online this week.
“The FIVB is committed to fostering understanding, solidarity and unity against all forms of discriminatory behavior,” the organization added. “The FIVB will continue to work tirelessly with all of its National Federations to ensure that these values are reflected across the whole community.”
Djurdjevic has since apologized for the offensive gesture, which she described as “unfortunate and not so smart.”
“I am aware of my mistake and I immediately after the match apologized to the whole Thailand team,” she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “I only wanted to address my teammates with the message: ‘now, we will start playing defense like them’, I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone.”
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