The FIVB Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee, which is the independent body competent to impose disciplinary sanctions within FIVB competitions, has found that Sanja Djurdjevic, a player of the Serbia women’s national volleyball team, violated the FIVB Disciplinary Regulations following a gesture made during the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2021 match between Serbia and Thailand on 1 June 2021.
Djurdjevic has received a two-match suspension. The player will serve her match suspensions during the VNL 2021 matches and will therefore miss Serbia’s match on 8 and 12 June 2021 against Belgium and Canada respectively. In addition, the Volleyball Federation of Serbia has been fined CHF 20’000. The FIVB will donate the fine to a cause dedicated to tackling discriminatory behaviour and/or to fund educational programmes on cultural sensitivity for the global Volleyball Family.
Some very public and unabashed racism from Serbia's volleyball teampic.twitter.com/EVFPPJ7ZBe— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) June 10, 2021
In light of the in-competition nature of the offence, the proceedings were conducted in an expedited manner. The FIVB Disciplinary Panel Sub-Committee reserves the right to re-open the proceedings if the player fails to serve her sanction. The sanction is final.
The FIVB didn’t comment on the team photo after Serbia match with Thailand. When most of the women on the team was photographed making a racist eye gesture.