Undeterred, a cluster of French fans broke into an impromptu rendition of La Marseillaise – widely considered one of the great national anthems – but it lacked the gusto of the real thing.
I was so prepared to blast that out. But the PA system's broken. No national anthems for France or Honduras. Prediction 2-0 France.
— Laure James (@LaureJames) June 15, 2014
OK, for some reason we're not doing national anthems. French fans sang La Marseillaise anyway. — Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) June 15, 2014
The fault also left many fans clueless as to who was actually playing with the stadium announcer unable to broadcast the teams.
It’s the latest episode of a protracted saga that has seen Brazil heavily criticised for numerous problems in the build-up to the 2014 finals.
France brushed off the technical fault to earn a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Honduras in an ill-tempered affair.
The two sides are joined in Group E by Switzerland and Ecuador.
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