(CNN)England coach Phil Neville has accused the US of lacking “etiquette” ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal clash after two US representatives visited his team’s hotel while looking at potential accommodation for the final.
“The only thing I would say is it’s not something I would want my team ops person doing,” Neville told reporters on Sunday. “It’s not something that England would do.
“It’s not an unfair advantage. It’ll have no bearing on the game. I actually found it quite funny. I just thought, ‘What are they doing?’ It’s not etiquette really, is it? I just think that’s not something that I would allow from our organization.”
The incident — which is being dubbed “spygate” or “hotelgate” — was passed off as necessary tournament planning by USWNT coach Jill Ellis, who said her colleagues were scouting out a hotel to potentially stay in ahead of the final.
Accusations have also been made about the Americans’ complacency during the World Cup after defender Ali Krieger said the US has “the best team in the world and the second best team in the world,” to which Ellis responded by saying that “it’s really a comment about ourselves.”
She added: “Everyone on our team has confidence, I wouldn’t say that this is in any way an arrogant team. I think this team knows that they’ve got to earn everything and that we’ve got tough opponents, as we played the other night, still ahead of us.”
The winner of Tuesday’s game will go on to face either Sweden or the Netherlands in Saturday’s final in Lyon.
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