South Korea Accuses Sweden of Spygate Tactics at World Cup
Swedish scouts were spying on South Korean practice sessions before their match.
Before their match on Monday, South Korea accused Sweden of engaging in some tactics that come straight out of the football handbook – NFL football that is.
According to South Korea manager Shin Tae-yong, Swedish scouts were spying on their opponents’ practice sessions in Austria in advance of the two squads playing at the World Cup.
In order to confuse the spies, who camped in a house and used a high-performance telescope and video camera to watch the sessions, Shin had his players switch jerseys, Reuters reported.
“We switched them around because we didn’t want to show everything and to try and confuse them,” Shin said. “They might know a few of our players but it is very difficult for Westerners to distinguish between Asians and that’s why we did it.”
Before the match, Swedish head coach Janne Andersson issued an apology for the spying.
No matter which team wins Monday, it will be difficult for South Korea or Sweden to advance as the other teams in Group F are Germany and Mexico.
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