Fifa World Cup 2018: Man accused of SPYING on England for Croatia ahead of semi-final | UK | News

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Local media reported that the man had been spotted acting suspiciously on a rooftop approximately 190m away from England’s base at the Stadium Spartak Zelenogorsk.

The unnamed man was detained by security officers and taken away to a local police station.

A source speaking to Russian media outlet Fontanka said: “Security guards at the stadium spotted a man on top of a building taking pictures as the England team were training.

“They alerted the police who arrested him.

“However, he turned out to be a TV repairman who is just a huge football fan.

“They obviously thought he was spying, possibly on behalf of the Croatian team ahead of the semi-final.”

England built a 13ft fence around the stadium precisely to avoid espionage from other teams and over fears rivals could spy on their tactics and gather team selections.

The man, an employee of the Rostelecom state phone company, claimed that he was not on the roof to spy on England but as part of his routine repair work.

Another security source later added: “He was detained and questioned by the FSB and told them all he did was take a few panoramic pictures of the training ground.

“His material was examined and he was ordered to erase everything before he was released.”

England played Croatia a couple of hours after the arrest and the match ended the Three Lions’ World Cup dream for this year.

England will now join Belgium in the third-place play-off, which will take place at 3pm on Saturday, July 14.

Neither England or Belgium fans wanted to be playing on Saturday but Harry Kane may boost his chances of winning the Golden Boot if he finds the net.

Croatia will play against France in the World Cup final on Sunday.

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