Organizers apologize for Salvadoran national anthem mix-up in Washington (video)
After Argentina’s national anthem played at FedEx Field on Sunday, the El Salvador national team was fired up to salute their nation before a big crowd in Washington.
Only the anthem that blared over the loudspeaker happened to belong to a different nation, Isle of Man.
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The now-infamous flub lent itself to a bizarre video of the players trying to ascertain as to whether their nation had a new anthem, or if they should keep their hands over their hearts.From the Associated Press:
CMS Sports expressed regret over the “unfortunate incident” and took “full responsibility for this honest mistake.” The company did not say which music was played in place of El Salvador’s anthem.
“This was not done with malicious intentions,” it added, saying it would take steps to prevent this from happening again.
According to the BBC, “Ellan Vannin - the Manx name for the Isle of Man - and El Salvador are next to each other on a list of anthems.”
Here’s the video:
And the real El Salvadorian anthem: