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Sport 'Espionage': Honduras continue drone wars

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

Tim Cahill to travel to Honduras for Socceroos' World Cup play-off despite ankle injury

  Tim Cahill to travel to Honduras for Socceroos' World Cup play-off despite ankle injury Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill will make the trip to San Pedro Sula for Australia's World Cup play-off first-leg match against Honduras.There were concerns the 37-year-old would miss the Honduras leg of the tie due to an ankle injury picked up while playing for Melbourne City on Friday night, but Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Sunday morning he would leave a day later than the rest of the squad.

The Honduran squad, who have previously suspended captain Maynor Figueroa and speedy winger Alberth Elis back in their arsenal, finally arrived in Sydney on Monday morning nearly a day after Australia. "Regardless of the incident of the drone , and also journalists in Honduras leaking

Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of " espionage ", the Honduras head coach unsatisfied with the Socceroos' excuse after a drone was spotted hovering over

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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.

Cahill on deck and happy in Honduras

  Cahill on deck and happy in Honduras Hondurans have rolled out the red carpet for the Socceroos ahead of their World Cup qualifier unlike Australia's past experience in Uruguay.Encouragingly for his chances of playing in the first leg, Australia's all-time leading was walking freely on arrival late on Tuesday (AEDT).

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 Honduras Jorge Luis Pinto has accused Australia of flying a drone over a training session -- though Australian reports said it was being flown by children.

Honduras caught sight of a drone hovering above Monday's training session in Sydney and Jorge Luis Pinto took aim "Let's not be innocent," he continued . "There is espionage in football. Pinto added: "Regardless of incident with the drone and the possibility of a Honduras journalist leaking information

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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