Drones ‘spy­ing’ on Hon­duras

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - SPORT -

– Hon­duran coach Jorge Luis Pinto has ac­cused Aus­tralia of “es­pi­onage” af­ter al­leg­ing they had used a drone to film his team’s train­ing ses­sions ahead of tonight’s de­ci­sive World Cup play­off match.

The Hon­duran Na­tional Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion on Mon­day posted on Twit­ter footage of a drone fly­ing above Syd­ney’s Olympic Sta­dium where the team trained af­ter their long flight from Cen­tral Amer­ica.

Hon­duras face the Soc­ceroos at the same sta­dium tonight in the de­cid­ing sec­ond leg of their in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal play-off with the scores level at 0-0 af­ter the first leg in San Pe­dro Sula on Fri­day.

While Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia said they were not in­volved in the drone in­ci­dent, Pinto said the af­fair was “em­bar­rass­ing for such an ad­vanced coun­try”.

“Let’s not be in­no­cent, it’s es­pi­onage in foot­ball,” he told re­porters yes­ter­day.

“When Aus­tralia went to Hon­duras, they checked every bath­room, every box at the sta­dium where they trained.”

Pinto was also in­volved in a row with the me­dia at the start of Mon­day’s ses­sion when he tried to close train­ing be­fore the 15 min­utes of open ac­cess al­lowed un­der Fifa rules. – Reuters

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