Hon­duras cries foul ahead of play­off to­day

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

HON­DURAS coach Jorge Luis Pinto has ac­cused Aus­tralia of an “em­bar­rass­ing” es­pi­onage at­tempt af­ter a drone hov­ered over his team’s train­ing ses­sion ahead of the re­turn leg of their World Cup in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play­off.

The first leg last week ended in a 0-0 draw, leav­ing a spot at Rus­sia in 2018 at stake in to­day’s match at Syd­ney’s Olympic sta­dium.

The Aus­tralians flew di­rectly home from Hon­duras on a char­ter flight and landed Sun­day, a day ahead of Pinto’s squad.

The Hon­durans were up­set when of­fi­cials saw a drone flying over their prac­tice ses­sion, and didn’t ac­cept the ex­pla­na­tion from sta­dium of­fi­cials that it was an in­no­cent case of a fa­ther and his child play­ing with a toy in a nearby park.

“Let’s not be in­no­cent. It’s es­pi­onage in foot­ball,” Pinto told a news con­fer­ence Tues­day. “Just like VAR (video as­sis­tant ref­eree) has made it into foot­ball, drones have made their way into es­pi­onage.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing. It just takes some of the merit away from the fair play and the sport­ing event that will be held to­mor­row.” – AP

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