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Liverpool 'paid off Manchester City over spy claims'

Liverpool 'paid off Man City over spy claims'
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Liverpool reportedly paid Manchester City a settlement of £1m amid accusations that the latter's scouting system had been hacked in 2013.

Manchester City reportedly received a settlement payment of £1m from Liverpool in September 2013 after the former complained that their scouting system had been hacked into.

The event occurred a year after three City scouts moved to Liverpool, with two members - alongside Michael Edwards, who is now Liverpool's sporting director - accused of accessing City's database on the Scout7 system on numerous occasions.

City, in response, are said to have employed computer-espionage experts to determine whether the system had been compromised.

According to The Times, the settlement was agreed without Liverpool or the accused individuals accepting any liability or wrongdoing in response to the claims.

Moreover, the allegations and the information on which this case was based never came under scrutiny in a court of law.

The issue of espionage in football came under the spotlight last season when Leeds United were accused of foul play for sending a scout to watch Derby County's training sessions ahead of the two sides meeting in the Championship.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164

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