Bizarre scenes! Albania players refuse to start game vs France as organisers play Andorra national anthem - WATCH
Albania’s players looked confused as the anthem for Andorra was played inside Stade de France. The stadium announcer added to the laughable error by apologising “to Armenia”.Updated: Sep 08, 2019 20:53 IST
France’s easy win over Albania was marred by controversy after organisers played Andorra’s national anthem for the visiting team leading to chaos in the Euro 2020 qualifier. Albania’s players looked confused as the anthem for Andorra -- France’s next opponents in Paris on Tuesday -- was played inside Stade de France.
There was booing from Albania’s travelling fans as the wrong anthem continued to play. The gaffe did not stop there as the stadium announcer added to the laughable error by apologising “to Armenia’ instead of Albania.
🇫🇷 Bizarre scenes in Paris...— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) September 8, 2019
🇦🇱Albania line-up for their national anthem
🇦🇩 The Andorra anthem is played by mistake
🇦🇱Albania refuse to start until the correct anthem is played
🇦🇲 Announcer appoliges to Armenia
Referee Jesus Gil Manzano was consulted by the Albania coaching staff before the right anthem was played and the kick-off eventually took place. France national coach Didier Deschamps even apologised to his counterpart for the error at Stade de France.
Kingsley Coman scored twice for world champions France as they cruised past Albania 4-1 on Saturday and moved back to the top of their group in qualifying for Euro 2020.
(with agency inputs)