Spy-gate hits the Women’s World Cup semi-final: Australian newspaper fly a helicopter over England coaching and brag over filming ‘the moral arbiters’ in retaliation to the Ashes dishonest row

An Australian newspaper used a helicopter to spy on England’s ultimate coaching session forward of immediately’s World Cup semi-final.

Both groups have downplayed the rivalry between the 2 nations, however the Australian Daily Telegraph tensions on the eve of the massive recreation.

The paper boasted that that they had managed to movie England’s ultimate coaching session by sending a helicopter to take footage and photographs of their preparations at Gosford’s Central Coast Stadium.

“If England’s Lionesses thought they would happily fly under the radar into the World Cup semi-finals, they would be in for a rude shock,” the paper wrote.

‘We’ve despatched the helicopter to see how the traditional foe is getting ready… Welcome to the jungle, Lionesses, we’re having enjoyable and video games.

England educated at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, 60 miles north of Sydney, on Tuesday

An Australian newspaper used a helicopter to spy on England’s ultimate coaching session forward of immediately’s World Cup semi-final showdown in opposition to the Matildas

The Daily Telegraph bragged about taking snaps of the lionesses’ coaching session

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Just like we did final week after we needed to know if Sam Kerr was again in full coaching or had restricted duties attributable to her calf damage, The Daily Telegraph took to the air with these unique aerial images of England’s ultimate coaching run.

It will not be within the spirit of soccer, however after final month’s Ashes cricket sequence we are going to let England’s ethical judges choose what’s and what’s not acceptable on the planet of sport. But make no mistake, England is right here to damage the Australian social gathering.’

The outlet didn’t say whether or not the footage had been handed on to the Australian teaching staff or employees, however it’s clear that the images revealed no important details about England’s ways.

The FA declined to remark.

The stunt often is the first flashpoint in what has in any other case been a largely pleasant build-up to Wednesday’s recreation at Stadium Australia, when a spot within the World Cup ultimate in opposition to Spain is on the road.

Matildas gamers have downplayed the rivalry with England forward of their World Cup semi-final, whereas Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman has been stuffed with reward for the co-hosts’ progress within the event to date.

Football has by no means earlier than performed a component within the wealthy tapestry that’s the rivalry between Australia and England, usually reserved for cricket, rugby and netball.

The stunning recreation can be added to the record on Wednesday night and Australia is at the moment in a state of Matildas mania.

And the Lionesses can anticipate a hostile ambiance in Sydney after World Cup semi-final tickets supposed for England followers had been purchased up by Australians after the distinctive supporters’ code was leaked on social media.

An official allocation of 1,970 tickets to the England supporters was launched following the Lionesses’ 2–1 win over Colombia.

A discover on the Football Association’s web site acknowledged that the entry code ‘Lioness’ was unique to England followers. But a number of Australian supporters have managed to purchase tickets of their opponents’ part of the stadium, boasting that they’d be sporting ‘Matildas’ shirts.

A Facebook put up on the Matildas and A-League Women Supporters Group web page, which has since been deleted, revealed the code followers wanted to buy tickets.

The coaching session was not held behind closed doorways and it’s clear that the images didn’t reveal any important details about England’s ways

The FA declined to touch upon the incident and the outlet didn’t specify whether or not the footage had been handed on to the Australian teaching staff or employees.

Lionesses coach Sarine Wiegman realizes her staff can anticipate a hostile reception

On Tuesday, Wiegman mentioned her gamers had been effectively conscious of the welcome that awaited them.

“I don’t think they (Australia) are the underdog, they’re playing at home, the stadium will be beautiful,” she instructed reporters at a information convention.

“I think there are two teams that are very good and very strong and have grown into the tournament.

“So I think it’s going to be very tight and very, very competitive.”