A report from The Times states that Liverpool paid Manchester City over $1.2 million back in 2013 over a complaint about City’s scouting system being hacked.
Our partners at Sky Sports say their sources confirm the payment was made, while they also have a statement from Liverpool on the matter.
“Liverpool Football Club does not provide any comment on any allegations relating to legal agreements it may or may not have entered into with any other club, organisation or individual.”
Per the original report, the settlement was agreed without Liverpool or any individuals connected to them accepting liability. Plus, the allegations and information were never put up in a court of law.
Three scouts moved from Man City to Liverpool less than a year before the settlement was reached.
Man City allege that two of those scouts, plus current Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, were involved in accessing a database via the Scott7 system.
City brought in experts to see if their system had been hacked.
The Times says this would be “the biggest incident of alleged misbehavior by one top-flight club to another in the Premier League’s history.”
That is spot on.
Of course, employees move from one Premier League club to another all of the time, and there is nothing that suggests this is more widespread.
But the private settlement becoming public knowledge will no doubt stir up plenty of controversy as Liverpool and Man City go head-to-head for the Premier League title once again.