Video: Uruguay has wrong national anthem played during Copa America

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Video: Wrong Uruguay national anthem played during Copa America


UPDATE: Copa America issued a statement on the mistake: “This evening during the pre-match ceremony, due to human error, we inadvertently played the incorrect National Anthem. We sincerely apologize to the Uruguayan Federation, the Uruguay National Team, the people of Uruguay and to the fans for this mistake. We will work with all parties involved to ensure such an error does not occur again.”


The sound operator at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will probably be looking for another job. On Sunday, Mexico and Uruguay faced off in the Group Stage of Copa America Centenario when it was Uruguay’s time to proudly soak in its national anthem in front of a packed crowd.

Instead of glory and excitement, there was mass confusion.

Anyone watching the broadcast could have noticed the questionable looks from members of the Uruguayan national team. The reason was because the anthem blaring through University of Phoenix Stadium’s sound system was the wrong anthem. It was Chile’s.

Man, you had one job.

Mexico went on to take the lead in the third minute off of a Uruguay own goal. Do you think the national anthem confusion took them off their game? We’re going with that excuse.

And for all of you sound operators out there hosting an upcoming Copa America game, make sure to do your research and avoid the embarrassing gaff.

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CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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