Liverpool Pay £1 Million To Manchester City For Reportedly Spying On Scouting System
A report has emerged stating that Liverpool paid Manchester City £1 million for reportedly spying on City's scouting system.
The Times exclusively reported that a confidential l settlement took place in 2013 following an investigation.
The Premier League champions hired computer-espionage experts to see if their system - named Scout7 - had been spied on.
It was also one year after three former City scouts moved to Liverpool.
This includes 'The Reds' current sporting director Michael Edwards.
EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool paid a £1m settlement to City after their Premier League rivals made an allegation that their scouting system had been hacked into. The settlement was made without accepting any liability or wrongdoing ' @martynziegler @DickinsonTimes https://t.co/UP3zOGWn53
- Times Sport (@TimesSport) September 20, 2019
Liverpool were accused of hacking into the Scout7 database numerous times.
This reportedly led City to accelerate a number of deals in that summer transfer window.
This includes Jesus Navas from Sevilla but more importantly, Fernandinho moving from Shakhtar Donestk.
The Brazilian has gone on to be one of City's most influential players of the last half decade.
He's won three Premier League's at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola has recently deployed him as a centre back following injury to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
The misbehaviour could go down as one of the biggest scandals in Premier League history.
Liverpool denied any wrongdoing when accused and the accusations were never taken to court.
Both teams refused to comment when The Times asked for comment.
One Liverpool fan managed to make a humorous response to the post however.
we hacked into city's scouting system in september 2013 and then ahead of the 14/15 season we signed lambert, balotelli, markovic and manquillo. i think we're the ones owed an apology and a settlement fee https://t.co/ZF5ODUTtJv
- laura (@lauraw97_) September 21, 2019
It's another chapter in a rivalry that's beginning to define the modern Premier League era.
Both sides were locked in the most entertaining title race in a long time last season which went down to the final day.
City ended up winning the title but Liverpool have arguably come back stronger this season.
They currently sit atop the Premier League table after winning their first five Premier League games.
City suffered a setback after losing 3-2 to Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend.
It's interesting to learn about this spying scandal and how scouting systems at top level clubs works.