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Outraged Denmark vows to pursue China ´spy´ case

16 September 2007 09:05

WUHAN, China (AFP) - An outraged Denmark has vowed to pursue an apparent spying incident that has dogged the women's World Cup, as FIFA remained adamant Sunday that the case was closed.

"I have never experienced a case like this," Danish Football Association chairman Allan Hansen was quoted as saying by Danish media.

"It is grotesque that two Chinese men can sit behind a mirror and videotape the final meeting for the Danish women’s national team before their match against China.

"I am in no doubt that FIFA and the Chinese police now know who the two men are. But I and the Danish FA would also like to know who they are and what went on," he told Denmark's leading daily newspaper Politiken.

Denmark team spokeswoman Pia Schou Nielsen said Sunday that the Danish FA had decided to temporarily shelve the case to focus on football but would press FIFA once the World Cup was over.

"After the tournament we will contact FIFA and get to the bottom of the case," Nielsen said, adding that they were still waiting for a report from Chinese police.

They remain irked after the two men, described as Chinese, were found with cameras hiding behind a two-way mirror ahead of the Danish team's key tactical meeting before their clash with China last Wednesday

Earlier in the week, the team discovered men filming them from a building at a closed training session. Denmark lost the match 3-2.

FIFA issued a statement on Thursday saying an investigation concluded that the men had nothing to do with football, but gave no other explanation.

"Everything that we have had to say on the issue has already been said," FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Sunday.

The FIFA statement said that Danish authorities had agreed to drop the case but the issue has continued to dog the tournament as Danish anger has grown.

The case is potentially embarrassing to China, a nation that is preparing to host the Olympics in Beijing next year.

Police in Wuhan were not available Sunday to comment, while Chinese Football Association officials this week have only quoted the FIFA statement, saying the investigation proved there was nothing further to pursue.

Local press at the weekend carried articles insisting that there had been "No spying against Denmark".

Danish head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller earlier described the incidents as "shocking".

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