Umpire Called A 'Thief' By Serena Williams Defended By ITF

Carlos Ramos has been backed by tennis' governing body.

The umpire who was called a "thief" by Serena Williams has been defended by the international tennis governing body.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement that Carlos Ramos acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity".

The body backed Ramos' actions in issuing two code violations and penalising Williams a point after she smashed her racket and called Ramos a "thief", saying that the response was above board.

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"It is understandable that this high-profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book," the statement said.

"Mr Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences."

The news comes after Serena Williams was backed by the governing body of women's tennis, the Women's Tennis Association.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women," they said in a statement.

Williams later dubbed the penalty "sexist", prompting widespread backlash.