Both the International Basketball Federation(FIBA) and the French Basketball Federation have sent the Croatian Women’s Basketball Federation (HKS) an official apology after Serbia’s flag was shown on tv during the Croatian national anthem when Croatia played Belarus at the European Championships this week.
As Croatia’s anthem ‘Lijepa nasa’ was starting up, the Serbian flag was shown in place of the Croatian flag, leaving tournament officials red-faced.
“The cameraman made a mistake, and the French Basketball Federation as tournament organisers do not take responsibility as tv coverage was not our responsibility. Despite that, we regret what that unfortunate incident and want to assure you that it was a mistake by accident with no intentions. The mistake leaves a stain on us as organisers, but we ask for your understanding,” said the apology to the HKS.