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Song botch stirs 'Anthemgate'

2009-11-14 06:59

Toulouse - South Africa accused France of failing to respect them during the singing of their national anthem before Friday's international in Toulouse.

VIDEO: South African anthem botch

The world champion Springboks were upset 20-13 by the French but were left fuming at the way their anthem had been played before the kick-off.

The man who sang the anthem, which is a hybrid mixture of five different languages, made a mess of the lyrics as sections of the crowd began to laugh during the playing.

Before commenting about his team's performance, Springboks coach Peter de Villiers told a news conference he was unhappy at the way their national anthem was played.

"Before I answer the first question I must first convey that we were annoyed by the fact the French did not respect our anthem. They did not really get somebody who knows it," he said.

The South African vice-captain Victor Matfield said the botched handling of the anthem had upset and and disturbed his players.

"Singing the national anthem is almost like receiving the jersey. It's a special moment," he said.

"Every time you go out on the field and sing the national anthem it's something that fires you up because you know you are playing for your country. It was a big disappointment."

Reuters

Comments
  • Walt - 2009-11-14 07:13

    Yes, I thought so too! The "singer", whoever he was, did not have a decent voice, was out of tune and got the words cocked up. Straight away I thought, "What a bloody insult to our nation!" PDV, the 'Bok team and our nation deserves a huge apology from the Frogs! Perhaps it was a sign of the game to come. A dismal day for our rugby - and cricket for that matter.

  • paul - 2009-11-14 07:16

    The anthem was a joke and incredibly disrespectful. Typical French though.

  • jacques - 2009-11-14 07:40

    A DISGRACE

  • Donovan - 2009-11-14 07:46

    Thats is so true how can the frogs do that to us ,you could see that it upset the players ....................... NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE STILL the world champs and no one can take that away from us i hope we play this team again and soon .come on 2011. bokkkeeeee

  • SA Granny - 2009-11-14 07:47

    Sung by a drunk rasta - shocking. This live singing of anthems can go very wrong.

  • Dewald - 2009-11-14 07:51

    Yes, who was that nut?!! What an embarrassment!!! Even Habana could not contain his laughter!

  • chris - 2009-11-14 07:57

    this ouk was goofed ,must of haved some good joints before singing

  • Paul Malherbe - 2009-11-14 07:59

    .....anyone who dare accuse the bloke who sang our anthem with such passion, is a racist.

  • jorene - 2009-11-14 07:59

    We should start taking our own singers to these events. I remember the world cup in 1995, wow that was so great.

  • Iggie - 2009-11-14 08:02

    Our anthem is sacred - so how can a creature like that be trusted to respect it - maybe it was part of their game plan. If so, it worked.

  • Namib - 2009-11-14 08:06

    DISGUSTING-THE WORST INSULT! WAS CLEARLY DELIBERATE!

  • antoinette - 2009-11-14 08:06

    it was a disgrace how our anthem was sung, I am proud to be South African and I think we have one of the most beautiful anthems, the words means a lot.. I think it is disgusting the way they embarrased us last night with the singing the anthem. It shows what respect the French have for South Africans. I wonder what the French would have done if we had to sing there anthem in rap or similar, I would have been breaking news today.

  • Craig - 2009-11-14 08:09

    What an insult to us as a nation! We should take our own singer when we tour, someone who will sing it and relay the pride we have as a nation. They should use Supersport presenter, Xola Ntshinga (ex Drakensberg Boys' pupil) to sing it.

  • Gene - 2009-11-14 08:09

    "The South African captain Victor Matfield said the botched handling of the anthem had upset and and disturbed his players." Shame.......You lost.....take it as a man!

  • SR - 2009-11-14 08:13

    If that oke had taken his shoes and socks off he could have hummed it better!!!!

  • dumkofp - 2009-11-14 08:18

    That's French they don,t care a kak for anybody else.

  • TEX111 - 2009-11-14 08:18

    Just a perfect way to cap off Friday the 13TH, what a joke, or WHAT A NIGHTMARE.

  • SR - 2009-11-14 08:21

    If that oke had taken his shoes and socks off he could have hummed it better!!!!

  • Ruan - 2009-11-14 08:21

    Ok, ok, poor anthem John Smit could and should have brought the boys together and used it to their advantage. These boys are not amateurs,and they earn massive amounts of money.For Victor to say that they were upset is just not on. It should have fired them up like nothing else .

  • David - 2009-11-14 08:22

    This is a reflection on France. And we call it First World? They should apologise to us as a nation.

  • BUFFALO - 2009-11-14 08:24

    The french, frogs, roosters or whatever you want to call them owe SOUTH AFRICA a public apology for the way their RASTA HERO butchered our NATIONAL ANTHEM.

  • Dean A - 2009-11-14 08:37

    Shocking! I have renewed disrespect for the French! Bunch of cocks!

  • Bones - 2009-11-14 08:37

    Well as John said in a previous interview - Complaining is for Loosers - Guess they qualify now

  • Amaru - 2009-11-14 08:38

    The French are all a bunch of @rses! When teams are so closely matched, games are more often then not won psychologically. I feel that the Boks were mentally and physically tired. Hopefully, we can cruise to victory next week in Italy and then finish off strongly against the IRISH. Go BOKKE!

  • Phillip Newton - 2009-11-14 08:38

    South African's should stop buying French goods until they apologise. Frankly French cars are junk anyway and the French are rude people. Down with France.

  • tebogo - 2009-11-14 08:41

    What a disgrace. French insulted us as a nation.

  • Harald Spiwak - 2009-11-14 08:43

    I had to leave the room, otherwise I would have destroyed the TV! @Paul Passion is one thing, but not being able to sing & remember the words - especially when singing another country's national anthem - is disrespectful & disgraceful, as is stating that critisising the 'singer' is racist. You could see Bismark was upset after the anthem when he shook his head in disgust! Yes, Bokke, you had a bad game, but I think you guys actually need a bit of rest. Zane had an excellent game!

  • Craig - 2009-11-14 08:45

    They pulled some guy off the streets because he came from Africa; told him to sing words he didn't understand. I cringed when I heard that. Shocking, embarrassing...but that from a country who brings us such products like French cars (crap!); big noses; arrogance etc. So what do you expect. I only hope they offer the All Blacks the same treatment (if the AB's are playing them) so that they can get their asses handed to them!

  • hendrik - 2009-11-14 08:47

    What a disgrace! We should return the complement when they tour here again.

  • Redge - 2009-11-14 08:47

    It’s official. Interpol caught the cannabis smoking idiot that apparently high jacked the real singer of the anthem in France and decide to sing himself. What can you expect....this is France! Look what their centre did in NZ after the test this year. Mad bunch of idiots! It was shocking to hear how that idiot f...d up our anthem. He should be shot at dawn. THE French lack of brains was also very visible on a few occasions. DIDNT THEY REALIZE THAT THE Boks was a man short in that scrum in the 71st minute when they scrummed us out of the ground? I wonder what the sissies reaction would have been if they had lost and their lock looked like Bakkies (blood) Chabal is a flippin clown. Get over it Boks, you win some you lose some!

  • JakeyBoy - 2009-11-14 08:49

    That rasta was stoned or pissed man.

  • Dot Webb - 2009-11-14 08:51

    That was totally shocking and disgusting whoever that dude was that sang our national anthem should be bought back to sa and taught the words and how to sing. So much for first world. I thought i was having a bad nightmare. That just set the tone for the remainder of the evening. WE ARE STILL THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

  • Drunk - 2009-11-14 08:56

    Bergie van die Kaap. Just not used to all the free wine and good Capetown rugby. (Mind you we in the province do not really worry so much about winning)

  • lee - 2009-11-14 08:57

    the french are filthy scum.no wonder the germans invaded them,they were trying to rid the world from the scum of the earth.

  • Kenny - 2009-11-14 08:58

    Paul Malherbe - You are Mal and smoke herbs Our team respects the correct version to be sung, so go talk K$%^$somewhere else- All our player were laughing - So wake up

  • Eugene - 2009-11-14 08:59

    This was clearly a ploy by the French! How else do you unsettle a team? I mean, Habana was laughing, Schalk shook his head. What a disgrace, and that mess being followed up by a passionate opera singer for the French? Come on, that was really poor sportsmanship. I think it definately had an influence on the game.

  • DG NORTIER - 2009-11-14 09:02

    Tactical thinking. Disrupt your opponents from the start and come away with the win. Not making excuses but very clever indeed, for ex. why don't everyone agree with the all black's war cry? Correct... the mental advantage gained in many cases. Psychology is a narsty little thing...

  • erick - 2009-11-14 09:04

    That is the worst i ever heard, no wonder we lost. The french really hit us below the belt. Not Acceptable

  • Burgiesburnin - 2009-11-14 09:05

    You lot......tut tut. You cant blame the ref cos SA got away with murder, lets blame the singer instead, what a joke.

  • Andro - 2009-11-14 09:07

    The anthem didn't make us loose , we played KAK and that is final.

  • Bal15 - 2009-11-14 09:08

    I saw it again on Youtube this morning. Last night I thought it was a big joke, but this morning I am really sad about our anthem being made into a mockery. If it was delibirate then they should apoligize. Nobody should turn any oposition's anthem into a laughing matter. But then again, remember their opening of the RWC in 2007? What was with the bumble bees and painted 210litre oil drums? Or is it jut us that don't understand French "culture"?

  • Spitfire - 2009-11-14 09:12

    Typical, always have to find an excuse, they lost fair and square, stop blaming the anthem for the loss, if anything, that should have fired the boks up even more.

  • William Shakespeare - 2009-11-14 09:17

    @hendrik11/14/2009 8:47 AM: Yes, brilliant idea. When the frogs come here we should get Steve Hofmeyer and Joost to sing their anthem. Heh heh... that'll fix 'em!

  • sa loosers - 2009-11-14 09:21

    the anthem is a disgrace to begin with - mixture of old and new and a celebration of the mess that sa is! u cannot mess something up that is already messed up.. any team or sportsman who's performace depends on how well the anthem is sung is not professional but infantile.

  • robert - 2009-11-14 09:22

    We have a national anthem that is made up of a number of languages including some very primitive languages so I guess that hiccups like this can be expected in the international arena. Surely we cannot expect the rest of the world to be able to adapt to some of the words we use in the anthem. Get over it and move on or just change the anthem.

  • Avril - 2009-11-14 09:24

    The national Anthem is our boost before a game, the RUSTA man was a joke. Ask any South African child to sing the anthem and they would do a better job. Totally not a good start to a world game. Go Bokka Go.

  • Pieter L - 2009-11-14 09:26

    What do you expect from a nation that has a COCK as an emblem and eat FROGS?? Disgusting bunch!

  • Pieter L - 2009-11-14 09:27

    What do you expect from a nation that has a COCK as an emblem and eat FROGS?? Disgusting bunch!

  • ZION PAY - 2009-11-14 09:31

    We lost the rugby hence we are losers. Now the anthem is used as an excuse. Next time around we break the protocol and use a CD. But just grow up.

  • Dgs - 2009-11-14 09:34

    Are the Boks now going to blame their loss on the botched anthem, just like the ANC blames every stuff-up they make, on apartheid? LOL

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