The Czech Football Fed apologised to the Lithuanians
As the BNS informed the Czech-Moravia Football Federation officially apologized to the Lithuanian Football Federation and Lithuania’s Embassy in Prague for playing the national anthem of Lithuania’s neighbouring Baltic State Latvia during a friendly match between the Lithuanian and Czech national teams.
Czech news agency CTK announced that the Czech team’s Spokesman Vaclav Tichy resigned May 28 thus taking responsibility for the incident, with his assistant having been let go as well.
As the BNS writes instead of the Lithuanian national anthem, Tuesday’s aforementioned match with 15,000 fans sounded with the Latvian one, and the program’s flyers included the Latvian flag and the Latvian team’s picture, accordingly.
It would be interesting to find out if the Czech footballers new that they are playing not Latvians but Lithuanians, and when they realised that? Also I would love to ask if the Czechs were preparing to play with the Lithuanians or the Latvians, since both of those teams are rather different.
Furthermore, maybe the Europeans should stop making the jokes about G.W. Bush how could not make a distinction between Slovenia and Slovakia… Still, it could have been much worse if instead of the Latvian flag the flags from Laos or Lesotho would have appeared. Those countries also start with letter ‘L’.