Being performed via the stadium audio system wasn’t their nation’s anthem. It was Andorra’s.
A delay to the kick-off of the European championship qualifier ensued because the Albanian gamers waited for the proper anthem to be performed. However issues went from unhealthy to worse when the stadium announcer apologized — to Armenia.
Supporters booed and whistled because the Andorran anthem continued to sound.
The right anthem was ultimately performed after Albanian officers on the touchline consulted the referee.
“I apologized to the bench and the coach,” France’s supervisor Didier Deschamps instructed reporters after the match.
“It is one thing that ought to not occur, but it surely occurred. I perceive the place of the Albanians and it’s logical that we waited till the Albanians might have their anthem earlier than that match.”
France, which faces Andorra on Tuesday, received Saturday’s match in Paris Four-1 because of a brace from Kingsley Coman and one purpose every from Olivier Giroud and Jonathan Ikone.
Sokol Cikalleshi scored a late penalty for the visiting facet.
The win sees France, topped world champion final 12 months, lead Group H on purpose distinction forward of Turkey and Iceland.
The highest two groups in every of the Euro qualifying teams robotically attain subsequent 12 months’s match, which is being held in 12 cities throughout Europe, with the ultimate 4 contributors being determined by playoffs.