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Hal LaRoux
By Hal LaRoux
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It's been quite the week at Wimbledon as the game of Tennis did its very best to step out of the shadow of the World Cup.

There was everything from a 3 day, world record breaking men's singles game, there was a visit by the Queen, an altercation with a player and an intrusive commentator and now to top it all off there was some crowd trouble and spitting.


Victor Hanescu ranked 38th in the World forfeited his third-round match against Daniel Brands with the score at 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 3-0 in bizarre circumstances after he appeared to spit at a member of the crowd


The Guardian are reporting that four people were arrested after a disturbance on the same court

Scotland Yard later said Hanescu had complained to officers, but an All England Club spokesman said the spitting incident and the arrests were not linked. "The initial thought was that the four people arrested were part of the same spitting incident. But the thinking now is that possibly they weren't. That was just a random coincidence. Therefore this alleged spitting incident is directed at a different person or people whom we don't know."

The spokesman added: "The umpire has seen it [the spitting incident], if that's what it was. The umpire issued a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct that covers things like spitting and swearing. His report will obviously be considered along with any other witnesses that we have from our side and then the referee will obviously look at those and any other footage he's got available to him with his colleagues, and at some stage will make a decision on what should or should not happen."


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