French President Macron apologizes to Albania for 'scandalous anthem gaffe'

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron has apologized for the wrong national anthem being played before 'Les Bleus' beat the Albanians 4-1 in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

The match kicked off late at the Stade de France on Saturday because the hosts mistakenly played the Andorran anthem before the stadium announcer then apologized to the "Armenian fans" after the correct song was played.

"President Macron presented his sincere apologies for the scandalous gaffe by the French football federation with our national anthem," he tweeted.

"The French President considered the gaffe as an 'unacceptable error' and he appreciated the reaction of our players," he added.

French coach Didier Deschamps has also said 'sorry' to his Albanian counterpart, Edoardo Reja, for the error.

France, top of Group H on goal difference, hosts Andorra on Tuesday in the next fixture of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign and Albania faces Iceland.

Source(s): AFP