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Brussels metro plays French soccer anthem after losing World Cup bet

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels commuters, heading to work the morning after Belgium’s painful World Cup loss to France, needed to endure the French soccer anthem piped by the town’s metro on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – World Cup – Semi Final – France v Belgium – Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia – July 10, 2018 Belgium’s Eden Hazard in motion with France’s Antoine Griezmann REUTERS/Anton Vaganov/File Photo

The motive: not solely did the nationwide workforce lose 1-Zero in Tuesday’s semi-final but in addition the Brussels public transport authority misplaced a bet with its Parisian counterpart.

Before the match, the 2 teams challenged one another on social media. If Belgium received, Paris would change indicators at its Saint-Lazare station to “Saint Hazard” in honor of Belgian whirlwind midfielder Eden Hazard.

But after the “Golden Generation’s” defeat in St Petersburg, Brussels as an alternative needed to “treat” vacationers to the anthem “Tous Ensemble” – All collectively – by late French rocker Johnny Hallyday at eight and 10 am.

At least Hallyday’s father was a Belgian. The nation honored the singer’s heritage when he died final yr, taking part in his best hits on trains and over loudspeakers on the Grand Place in central Brussels.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek and Julia Echikson; enhancing by David Stamp

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