Wimbledon warns players not to ‘do a Bairstow’ by tackling protesters

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  • All England Club beefs up security to avoid repeat of Lord’s
  • Just Stop Oil activists expected to target championships

Wimbledon has urged players not to “try a Jonny Bairstow” if Just Stop Oil protesters attempt to spray orange paint over Centre Court. The All England Club fears it will be the next sporting event to be targeted by activists when the championships begin on Monday and is planning a robust response, including a greater security presence inside and outside the grounds and a rapid response unit on show courts.

It has also updated its conditions of entry, with spectators being warned they cannot bring any items, including spray paint, personal protection sprays and glue, that could be “used to sabotage or damage” All England Club property.

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/jun/29/wimbledon-warns-players-not-to-do-a-bairstow-by-tackling-protestors under the title “Wimbledon warns players not to ‘do a Bairstow’ by tackling protesters”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.