Sweden coach apologises over 'spying' squabble with South Koreans

Paola Ditto
Giugno 18, 2018

Andersson, whose side beat Italy in a play-off to qualify, insists this was a simple misunderstanding as they had thought the session was open to the public.

He then set up camp in a house overlooking the training facility and observed the training sessions using a high-powered telescope and a video camera with a telescopic lens.

The scout had previously tried - and failed - to convince the South Koreans to let him witness a training session by convincing them that he was a tourist.

With Sweden and South Korea both attempting to fight their way out of a competitive Group F headlined by the defending champions, Germany, and the red-hot Mexico team it lost, perhaps you can't blame either manager for trying to find any possible edge available to them.

"[Jacobsson] heard about a practice session, he didn't understand that it was a closed session, he didn't understand and he watched from a distance".

"It took a long auto journey up the mountains to reach the house, but it was a ideal spot to observe the Korean team's training", Jacobsson was quoted as saying.

The incident has created a frosty atmosphere between the teams ahead of their game in Nizhny Novgorod.

"It's very important we show respect to all our opponents in all circumstances". "If it has been perceived in another way, we apologise".

"For 99 percent we're interested in what they do during a match situation, " he said. "You are turning something small into something bigger, making a mountain out of a molehill".

"All coaches probably feel their opponents are always spying on them".

Always prepared, South Korea masterfully intercepted the spying by swapping players' numbers because in team manager, Shin Tae-yong's words "it's very hard for westerners to distinguish between Asians." . "I think it is natural to try to understand the other team".

Monday's match between the two sides could be pivotal for their progress in a hard group also featuring world champions Germany and Mexico.

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