French President Emmanuel Macron apologised to his Albanian counterpart after the Football Federation of France played the wrong national anthem when the sides met in Paris on Saturday.
Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes whilst the blunder was corrected ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier at the Stade de France, with stadium staff compounding their error by apologizing “to Armenia” over the PA system.
The stunned visitors lined up to a rendition of the national anthem of Andorra – which was played in full – instead of their own tune Himni i Flamurit – the Pledge on the Flag.
And the French premier was quick to offer his apologies to Albanian president Edi Rama for the mix-up.
Rama said in a statement: “President Macron has offered me his sincere apology for the scandalous blunder of the French Football Federation with our national anthem.
“The French president considered this blunder an ‘unacceptable mistake’ and appreciated the reaction of our players.”