Honduras has suspended a training session ahead of its World Cup qualifying match against Canada after noticing a drone hanging over the stadium, according to the Central American country’s media.
“I can imagine a lot of people in Canada probably using their drones, I’m sure of that,” Canada coach John Herdman said on Wednesday.
“And when a great team like Honduras shows up, I’m sure there will probably be people who are interested in what they do when they come to our country. I know we’re not going to get to the other countries anytime soon because with drones, obviously people can take pictures in real time. Present. You have to be very careful. Yes, you have to be careful in COCACAF. It’s a complicated place.”
Concacaf spokesman Nicholas Noble said the union was not responsible for overseeing these matters.
“The matches leading up to the World Cup are the FIFA competition,” Noble wrote in an email. “CONCACAF does not run or manage these matches, it is FIFA with individual federations.”
Canada, ranked 59th in the world rankings, is looking forward to attending its first World Cup since 1986. The octagonal final for North, Central America and the Caribbean opens Thursday in Toronto against Honduras, who is 63rd.
On Sunday, they will face the United States, tenth in the world rankings, in Nashville, Tennessee, and host El Salvador on September 8 in Toronto.
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