China Open champion Jan O Jorgensen apologises for Malaysian flag controversy
Jan O Jorgensen has apologised and insisted he wasn't being 'disrespectful' after he tossed a shirt emblazoned with the Malaysian flag during the China Open
Hong Kong: Jan O Jorgensen has apologised and insisted he wasn't being "disrespectful" after he tossed a shirt emblazoned with the Malaysian flag during badminton's China Open, prompting an angry reaction from fans.
The Dane, who went on to win the title in Fuzhou on Sunday, drew ire when he threw a discarded shirt belonging to Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin on to the court during a break in their semi-final.
Zainuddin took offence and told Malaysian media: "My jersey has the Malaysian national flag. I don't have a problem if you want to disrespect me. But please respect the Jalur Gemilang (Flag of Malaysia) on my shirt."
Irate fans took to social media to criticise Jorgensen, who later issued an apology via Facebook.
The row comes after a group of Australians dubbed the "Budgie Nine" were detained for stripping down to swimwear decorated with the Malaysian flag during the country's Formula One Grand Prix last month.
Jorgensen and his Danish team-mates are well known for their spirited behaviour on court, with shirtless victory laps and emotional outbursts common at their matches
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A struggling Kidambi Srikanth was outplayed by his world number 2 opponent and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, who won the first match 21-12, 21-13 in 38 minutes.
Sindhu just couldn't find a way across the attacking game of An Seyoung, who was always a step ahead during the contest.