Man City fear secret scouting database could have been HACKED by employee of Premier League rival

In the murky world of big ­business, corporate espionage has always been a weapon used by the unscrupulous to make sure they stay ahead of rivals, writes Steve Bates of the Sunday People .

But Manchester City’s shocking ­discovery that their worldwide scouting database could have been hacked by an employee of a rival Premier League club will rock football to its core.

With new boss Manuel Pellegrini set to take charge , City believe their online Scout7 performance analysis system – ­holding detailed scouting reports of every player they have targeted at home and around the globe – has been infiltrated.

An investigation is now under way to uncover the full ­extent of the ­security breach at the Etihad Stadium , how it happened – and who the culprits are.

SOURCE: mirror.co.uk

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