A what a host they were!
For their opponent, they displayed the Latvian flag triumphantly and had an error-free listing of the Latvia soccer team with pictures, information and everything.
The Latvian national anthem Dievs, svētī Latviju! (God Bless Latvia!) rang proudly in Stadion Eden in Prague.
Unfortunately, Latvia wasn't playing.
The Czechs were playing Lithuania -- Latvia's
Poor Lithuania. The small country of 3.4 million doesn't get headlines very often. And when deserving, well, it's forgotten.
Lithuania (49) is even 26 spots higher than Latvia (75) in the FIFA World Rankings!
The fallout amid numerous apologies has been drastic.
The federation's spokesman Vaclav Tichy took responsibility for the mistakes and resigned from his post. His deputy was fired and another federation official fined.And as if that weren't enough...
The insult to injury, as they like to say...
The Czechs won 2-0.