Sport 'Espionage': Honduras continue drone wars

14:06  14 november  2017
14:06  14 november  2017 Source:   msn.com

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While FFA's media staff had used a drone in Honduras to film Australia's training sessions, it denied having anything to do with Monday's incident. "Just like VAR (video assistant referee) has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage .

Honduras accused Australia of using a drone for " espionage " on Tuesday, giving an extra edge to their winner-takes-all playoff to reach next year's World Cup. Story Continues .

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It turned out to be nothing more than a family playing with a rather modern toy, yet Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto can't let go of the "embarrassing" drone incident engulfing World Cup qualifying preparations.

Spying allegations were directed at the Socceroos on Monday after the Honduran football association caught sight of a drone hovering above their training session at ANZ Stadium.

Upon investigation, the device was found to belong to a father and his children playing in the nearby Cathy Freeman Park.

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Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of " espionage ", the Honduras head coach unsatisfied with the Socceroos' excuse after a drone was spotted Takes some of the merit away from the fair play of the sporting event tomorrow." "Let's not be innocent," he continued . "There is espionage in football.

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Honduras 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 Wednesday's decisive World Cup playoff match. The Honduran National Football Federation on Monday posted on Twitter

Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto gestures during a Honduras training session at ANZ Stadium ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off against Australia on November 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto gestures during a Honduras training session at ANZ Stadium ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifying play-off against Australia on November 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. It was subsequently grounded.

"Let's not be innocent, it's espionage in football," Pinto said on Tuesday.

"Just like VAR (video assistant referee) has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage."

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