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You’re not singing any more: North’s anthem played for South Korea

SEOUL: South Korean footballers were left dumbfounded at an international tournament in Indonesia when organisers played the North's anthem instead. Ahead of an AFC under-19 Championship qualifier against Jordan at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium on the outskirts of Jakarta, the South's team lined up with their hands on their hearts. But instead of Seoul's hymn-like anthem "Aegukga", North Korea's national tune blared out, leaving them stony-faced and silent. The South's coaching staff told officials of the mistake,…

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

LOS ANGELES: National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room. The issue of how to handle player protests of kneeling during the pre-game playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" has loomed over the NFL club owners meeting in Atlanta, with the sport anxious to avoid a repeat of the controversy that divided the league last season. America's most popular sport found itself at the center of a…

Official anthem for the third season of PSL released

Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Sunday launched official anthem of the third season of the league 'Dil Se Jaan Laga De'. The anthem for the third season is also sung by Ali Zafar, who has previously sung the anthems of first two editions of the league. Ali Zafar wanted this song to be sung by his nation in celebration for hosting a successful league and return of international cricket to their country. Read More: Commentary panel for the third edition of PSL revealed The league is expected to be bigger and better…

Disrespecting China’s anthem can now cost 3 years jail

BEIJING: China has passed legislation to punish anyone who disrespects the national anthem with up to three years in prison, state media reported Saturday. The changes to China's criminal law were approved during a committee meeting of the country's rubberstamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), according to the official Xinhua news agency. "Serious cases of disrespecting the country's national anthem in public would get punishments including deprivation of political rights, criminal detention, and…

Vettel reprimanded for anthem absence

SUZUKA, Japan: Sebastian Vettel’s Sunday could not get much worse after engine problems at the Japanese Grand Prix all but killed off his title hopes, but Formula One stewards reprimanded him anyway for missing the national anthem before the race. The German failed to turn up on time for the Japanese anthem, an understandable absence given the commotion around his car as mechanics hurried to fix a sparkplug problem. The non-driving reprimand for the rules breach, as opposed to one handed out for something that happened…

Ravens, Jaguars kneel for anthem at London NFL game

LONDON: Players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the playing of the US national anthem in London on Sunday, in the first NFL game since President Donald Trump condemned players who are protesting against racial inequality. Several players from both teams took a knee during the rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner as it was sang at Wembley Stadium while other players stood and locked arms in solidarity. It was one of the largest protests by NFL players during the national anthem since…

Germans outraged as US plays wrong version of their anthem

BERLIN: German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem during a Federation Cup tie in Hawaii. The version played included the first stanza, beginning "Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles," which was used as Nazi propaganda. It was dropped after World War Two. "I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup," Germany's…

Singer kneels while performing anthem at Miami NBA game

NEW YORK: A singer knelt while performing the national anthem at a Miami Heat basketball game on Friday and opened her jacket to reveal a shirt that read "Black Lives Matter," a variation on a protest that has punctuated many US sporting events since the summer. Like other anthem protests, the gesture by Denasia Lawrence was intended to highlight what activists say is unfair police treatment of minorities. The trend began in August when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the…

NFL player refuses to stand up for anthem

CALIFORNIA: National League quarterback Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers refused to stand for the national anthem before a preseason game on Friday, drawing boos from some fans and criticism on social media, but his team said it backed his right to protest.