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Why the Champions League anthem was omitted during Chelsea vs. Real Madrid clash

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Real Madrid’s confrontation against Chelsea yesterday, Tuesday, in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final, was not accompanied by the official anthem of the European Champions League draw, as is customary before any match.

Chelsea were knocked out of the Continental Championship in the quarter-finals after losing 4-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid.

According to the newspaper The Sport, it seems that the man responsible for playing the recording of the championship anthem at Stamford Bridge, the stronghold of the London club, forgot about it even before the match started.

With a shield or on a shield. #Championship action starts now. ????

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— CBS Sports Soccer (@CBSSportsSoccer) April 18, 2023

This incident was not unique, as it happened again in 2017 and before Manchester United’s last Champions League group stage match against CSKA Moscow, when the competition’s official anthem was not played at Old Trafford, the English club’s stronghold. .

Des Kelly, a reporter for BT Sport, explained after the final whistle that there had been a malfunction in the anthem’s play button and as time was running out for the match, the staff had no choice but to cancel their pre-match plans.

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