(WFI) The Chilean national team had to temporarily suspend training in Belo Horizonte when a Brazilian media helicopter was spotted flying over their sessions Thursday.
Globo, the Brazilian media outlet, had been asked not to broadcast any of the Chilean’s training by communications director Hector Olave.
Chilean manager Jorge Sampaoli said he was “working on tactics” and didn’t want [the Brazilians] to know how he plans to approach the match.
Globo apologized for the incident at Chile’s training base at the Toca de Raposa facility.
The players took the action in stride, cracking jokes about the incident.
“We tried to hit it with the ball, but we couldn’t,” defender Mauricio Isla told reporters.
Chile faces Brazil in the round-of-16 Saturday.
FIFA Lifts Beckenbauer Ban
The FIFA ban imposed two weeks ago on Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted.
The German great originally received a 90-day ban for his failure to aid the investigation into possible corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup voting process.
However, his manager posted a statement on Twitter on Friday that said that the ban had been lifted.
The punishment came at the request of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia on June 13. Beckenbauer said he was surprised and that he had only received questions in English.
However, FIFA claimed that it had sent him questions in both English and German and attempted to contact the former Bayern Munich and German national team manager to no avail.
Beckenbauer said in the statement that he “underestimated the matter” and that “such voluminous administrative things” are generally handled by his management team.
He was a voting member of the FIFA Executive Committee from 2007 to 2011, which included the 2010 dual vote on hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Beckenbauer also led the organization of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
FIFA to Investigate Neymar’s Underwear
FIFA is investigating Brazilian star Neymar for wearing prohibited underwear against Cameroon, according to UOL.
Neymar’s Speedo underwear was exposed after the player swapped shirts with a Cameroonian player. Speedo is not on FIFA’s sanctioned list for clothing brands.
FIFA will investigate if Neymar purposely exposed the Speedo brand on the underwear’s waistband.
The star came under fire during Champions League matches for Barcelona for repeatedly showing the Lupo brand on his underwear against Atletico Madrid. During that game, Neymar exposed his briefs’ waistband five times, showing the brand.