The Touchline: Drone disrupts French practice

Also, Brazilian prostitutes and a Christian evangelical group played a football match in World Cup host city.

By: Agencies | Updated: June 16, 2014 2:12 pm

France coach Didier Deschamps has said FIFA will look into claims one of his side’s training sessions was disrupted by a drone flying overhead earlier this week. The incident is believed to have taken place on Tuesday at France’s World Cup training camp in Ribeirao Preto, north of Sao Paulo, as they prepared for their opening match against Honduras in Porto Alegre. FIFA is yet to comment on the matter. Drones are more commonly used to spy on military targets. Deschamps did though accept that concerns over the small unmanned aircraft are more trivial than those that faced Les Bleus four years ago in South Africa when they crashed out at the group stages amongst a revolt that sparked a national scandal.

Prostitutes play on touchline

Brazilian prostitutes and a Christian evangelical group played a football match in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, taking over a central street to raise awareness about sex workers’ rights. Gathering just after Colombia played Greece in the southeastern city, the women set up an impromptu pitch using traffic cones for goalposts and played to the enthusiastic cheers of onlookers. The prostitutes, calling themselves the Naked Football Club — though in fact they played in the green and yellow uniforms of Brazil — teamed up with the visiting evangelicals from the United States to take on a local university team in a match with a message. Prostitutes in Brazil have long complained of discrimination and called for the government to treat their profession like any other, including with programs to help older sex workers.

Beckenbauer to co-operate with FIFA

Franz Beckenbauer has told FIFA he will answer the questions put to him as part of a corruption investigation by June 27 at the latest. Beckenbauer’s management says in a statement that the commitment to answer questions means there is “no longer a suspicion of an alleged breach of the FIFA code of ethics, so we assume that the provisional sanction imposed against him is lifted immediately.”

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