Singer Pavel faces the music after costly anthem blunder
Published 10/09/2011 | 05:00
Romanian singer Marcel Pavel has been fined €1,200 for omitting a line from the national anthem in the build-up to last Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier between Romania and France.
Bucharest prefect Mihai Atanasoaei fined the singer and the Romanian Football Federation for their roles in the pre-match entertainment.
Pavel left out the now controversial line 'Triumphant in battle, his name was Traian.'
The anthem refers to the first century Roman Emperor Trajan, who conquered the Dacians, the forefathers of modern-day Romanians. But the singer told Realitatea TV that it could be interpreted to refer to President Traian Basescu.
Pavel initially said that he left the line out because he did not want the anthem to be seen in a political light. He has since been publicly criticised by the president's daughter, an MEP, on Twitter.
Pavel later told online publication Gandul.net that he would consult with his lawyer to see whether he had broken the law by defiling a national symbol and would pay the fine for this bum note if he had.