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Singer fined for changing Romanian national anthem

Singer fined for changing Romanian national anthem

State media say a Romanian singer has been fined for omitting a line from the national anthem out of apparent disdain for the president.
Agerpres news agency reported that the Bucharest prefect Mihai Atanasoaei on Wednesday fined singer Marcel Pavel and the Romanian Football Federation US$1,685 (5,000 lei) each.
The dustup involved Pavel's performance of the anthem prior to a soccer match between Romania and France this week, in which Pavel left out the line "Triumphant in battle, his name was Traian."
The anthem refers to the 1st century Roman Emperor Trajan, who conquered the Dacians, the forefathers of modern-day Romanians. But the singer told Realitatea TV it could be interpreted to refer to President Traian Basescu.


Updated : 2021-07-24 00:49 GMT+08:00