Albania’s players looked puzzled as they listened to Andorra’s national anthem (Virgin Media Sport)

Albania’s players looked puzzled as they listened to Andorra’s national anthem (Virgin Media Sport)

Albania’s players refused to play against France after the wrong national anthem was played before kick-off in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday. As Albania’s players lined up to hear their anthem the look of confusion on their faces said it all as Andorra’s national anthem was belted out at the Stade de France. Albania’s players looked puzzled, while others shook their heads as no one appeared to let the organisers know they had made a mistake. The Albanian fans inside the Stade de France made their thoughts clear as they jeered and whistled whilst Andorra’s anthem was being played. To make matters worse, when the right national anthem was tracked down and about to be played the stadium announcer said: ‘Please respect the Armenia national anthem.’

In the meantime police in Kosovo have arrested eight Czech football supporters who were apparently planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner during yesterday’s Euro 2020 qualifier between Kosovo and the Czech Republic in Prishtina.

The Czech FA has said that six men and two women were arrested near the Kosovan capital of Pristina, where the game is taking place. Local police seized a drone, a Serbian flag and a banner that read “Kosovo is Serbia”, as well as fireworks and a knife, from two cars with Czech license plates.

In the match, Kosovo recovered from going a goal behind to beat Czech Republic 2-1. Patrick Schick opened the scoring when he finished off a fine move but Vedat Muriqi cancelled that out four minutes later and Mërgim Vojvoda completed the turnaround.

Victory meant that Kosovo leapfrogged Czech Republic and briefly topped Group A before England returned to the top by beating Bulgaria at Wembley. The win still gives Kosovo the edge over their opponents in what looks a two-horse race for the second qualifying spot.

Read more:
https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/07/albania-players-refuse-play-france-wrong-national-anthem-played-kick-off-10704279/
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/sep/07/eight-czech-republic-fans-arrested-alleged-plans-drone-kosovo-euro-2020-qualifier