The People splash their backpage with news headline “Man City fear secret scouting database could have been HACKED by employee of Premier League rival.”
According to the article by Steve Bates:
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. I understand City have brought in computer espionage experts to examine any possible trails.
Whilst the People’s article looks serious enough at first instance, many have taken the opportunity to mock Man CIty’s transfer policies.
Below are some of the best jokes regarding claims that Man City’s transfer database is hacked by rivals.
City scouting network hacked lol as if no one has heard of the £20-£40m players they buy! Total jokers
— Stu (@singram11) June 16, 2013
— kenna © (@Kennagq) June 16, 2013
Steve Bates' assertion that Man City’s scouting database being hacked "will rock football to its core" is a little bit of on overreaction.
— Adam Love (@adamlove7) June 16, 2013
The hacking of Man City's scouting database seems to explain why they quickly moved for Fernandinho & Navas. Priceless.
— Nour Agha (@NourAgha) June 15, 2013
— Chelsea (@chelsea_wbafc) June 15, 2013