Honduras accuse Australia of 'espionage' by drone


A spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation is up for grabs and tensions are high between both sides, especially after Honduras claimed Australia used a drone to spy on the visiting CONCACAF nation in Sydney on Monday.

Fenafuth released the footage and tweeted: "Australia is spying on the official training of Honduras from a drone; the occasion is disturbing the team and the Honduran delegation".

The Socceroos produced a good first leg display on a horrific pitch and some would argue they were unlucky to only pick up a 0-0 draw in San Pedro Sula.

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.

"Regardless with the incident of the drone and also the possibility of the journalist from Honduras leaking the information regarding our team, I am very happy with the welcome here in Australia", he said.

Drone-gate occurred during the Honduras training session at ANZ Stadium last night, with the story first coming to prominence when the official twitter account of the Honduran national team posted a video.

"When Australian went to Honduras they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadiums where they trained and where they had the official training". "Just like VAR has made its way to football, drones have made their way to espionage. Takes some of the merit away from the fair play of the sporting event tomorrow".

"Let's not be innocent, it's espionage in football", he told reporters through a translator on Tuesday.

Asked if his team would deploy long balls at ANZ Stadium, the 64-year-old threw in a little dig at Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.

"Without a doubt we'll be employing long balls tomorrow", Pinto said.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Wednesday night's game, Pinto remained firm with his allegations, suggesting the Socceroos tarnished the reputation of their country.

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 almost a day after Australia.

"As long as the game goes, 90 minutes, 120 minutes, we'll keep going at the same level". We're facing a balanced side and we need to be aggressive.

"If I had to play in Honduras I definitely would have made a contribution", Cahill said. "I'm always wary there will be a bit of swelling and bruising in the ankle but I know how big the game is and I can't wait for the opportunity to be involved or contribute in any way".