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French president Macron apologised for national anthem gaffe, claims Albanian prime minister

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09 Sep 2019, 00:26 IST
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino with French president Emmanuel Macron

French president Emmanuel Macron has apologised to Albania for a nationwide anthem mix-up forward of their Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday, in response to Albania prime minister Edi Rama.

The match was scheduled to start at 20:45 native time in Paris however was pushed again briefly when the unsuitable anthem was performed over the Stade de France’s public handle system.

As a substitute of Albania’s anthem, the nationwide track of Group H rivals Andorra was aired, a lot to the frustration of the visiting gamers and training workers who refused to begin the match.

After the difficulty was raised to UEFA and the match officers, the match did start as soon as the proper anthem had been performed – although the gaffe was not helped by the stadium announcer embarrassingly apologising to Armenia as a substitute of Albania.

Rama referred to as the incident a “scandalous gaffe”, for which Macron requested forgiveness.

Writing on his official Twitter account, Rama mentioned: “President Macron expressed his honest apologies for the scandalous gaffe of the French Soccer Federation, with the nationwide anthem of our nation!

“[He] referred to as it an “unacceptable mistake” and appreciated the response of our gamers. He requested me to publish his apology #Respect.”

The seven-minute delay did little to place the hosts off, nonetheless, as France ran out 4-1 winners.

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Arihant Chopra
Arihant Chopra has been working in the Sports industry. He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about sports content. He started his career with Trevino to get started as a journalist.

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