UEFA fines France over Albania anthem mix-up

The Andorra national anthem was played instead of Albania's prior to the fixture, triggering confusion and a delay in the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying match.

Albania players before the start of a Euro 2020 qualifying match.   -  Reuters

UEFA has fined France 20,000 euros ($22,200) for playing the wrong national anthem for Albania ahead of a Euro 2020 qualifying match last month, according to multiple sources.

The Andorra national anthem was played instead of Albania's prior to the September 7 fixture, triggering confusion and a delay in the start of the game as the correct anthem was subsequently aired.

Amid the embarrasment, France coach Didier Deschamps apologised for the mistake to his opposite number Edoardo Reja while French President Emmanuel Macron took the matter a step higher by apologising to the Albanian President Ilir Meta.

France won the match 4-1.

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