Coach up in arms over ‘spy’ in the sky

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

HON­DURAS coach Jorge Luis Pinto has slammed the drone that hov­ered over his team’s train­ing ses­sion as “em­bar­rass­ing” and a case of “es­pi­onage in foot­ball”.

Pinto re­fused to ac­cept that the drone his staff had seen over ANZ Sta­dium on Mon­day was flown by chil­dren.

He has al­ready claimed a Hon­duran jour­nal­ist had leaked in­for­ma­tion to the Aus­tralians be­fore the first leg, and his ire was raised fur­ther by the drone.

Ac­cord­ing to a sta­dium spokesman, an FFA of­fi­cial had driven Hon­duran coun­ter­parts around the sta­dium, find­ing a pair of chil­dren play­ing with the drone.

But Pinto said: “The in­ci­dent is em­bar­rass­ing. When Aus­tralia went to Hon­duras, they checked every bath­room, every box at the sta­di­ums where they trained and where had the of­fi­cial train­ing.

“It was an em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dent.

“Let’s not be in­no­cent, it’s es­pi­onage in foot­ball.”

Nonethe­less, Pinto praised his team’s re­cep­tion in Syd­ney.

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