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Australia’s efforts to let the media and public watch tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s court appeal against his visa cancellation descended into farce on Monday as pranksters hijacked the internet links to stream loud music and porn.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the hearing was conducted virtually through audio visual links between the judge’s chambers and lawyers for the government and Djokovic.

Minutes before proceedings were due to begin, journalists clicked on a just-expired Microsoft Teams link supplied by the court, unaware that the court had replaced the link. Expecting to see proceedings in real time, they were instead confronted with pornographic images.

News Corp’s head of digital sport, Emily Benammar, observed wryly that the online intruders had at least supplied a missing ingredient in what had become one of Australia’s biggest court room dramas of recent years.

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