Chile halts World Cup practice due to news chopper

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm •  Published: June 26, 2014
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BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli temporarily suspended a practice session when a Brazilian news helicopter flew over the team's base Thursday, two days before the countries meet in the second round of the World Cup.

The team's communications director, Hector Olave, said he asked Globo not to broadcast any of the images so Chile's tactics wouldn't be revealed. Olave said the private broadcaster later apologized for the incident at the Toca da Raposa II facility in Belo Horizonte.

Olave said Sampaoli was worried "because he was working on tactics and he didn't want them to know how he plans to approach the match" against Brazil at Mineirao Stadium.

The players reacted in jest, saying they aimed shots at the chopper.

"We tried to hit it with the ball, but we couldn't," defender Mauricio Isla said.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo said Chile is the team that should be worried about Saturday's match, saying "they are infinitely more concerned than we Brazilians."

Not everybody agrees.

After the World Cup draw more than six months ago, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said his biggest concern was facing Chile — that's when the more likely alternatives were Spain or the Netherlands. At the time, Scolari said he hoped Chile "wouldn't qualify" for the second round.

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