Prince Felipe forced to apologise for fans' booing
29 June 2006, MADRID — Spain's heir to the throne, Prince Felipe, apologised for the way Spanish fans booed the French national anthem during the two countries' World Cup match, it emerged on Thursday.
29 June 2006
MADRID — Spain's heir to the throne, Prince Felipe, apologised for the way Spanish fans booed the French national anthem during the two countries' World Cup match, it emerged on Thursday.
Prince Felipe apologised formally to Franz Beckenbauer, who is the president of the World Cup organising committee.
Spanish fans were heard to boo La Marseillaise, the French anthem, as it was played before the match started on Tuesday.
France beat Spain 3-1, putting the national football team out of the tournament.
Beckenbauer said: "This is not normal, it's unsporting in a World Cup and more so when it is the anthem of a rival."
He said Prince Felipe, who attended the match with Princess Letizia, apologised at the time for the booing.
Raymond Domenech, the France manager, complained about the way Spanish fans conducted themselves when the anthems were played.
He called Spanish fans "racist", claiming they shouted monkey chants at France's black players.
Domenech said the black French players also received monkey chants as left the statidum, but he chose to ignore them "so as not to give them the satisfaction".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news