FA launches security probe after England team bugged
Reported attempts to sell recordings of conversations between England squad players and coaches have sparked a security breach investigation at the FA.
Media outlets have been offered tapes reportedly made in the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire where England's squad stayed in the run-up to last week's international friendly against Egypt.
It's unclear how the hours-long recordings were made, much less who made them. Intercepting mobile phone conversations or planting a bugging device are both possibilities.
FA solicitors have written to the media urging them to stay clear of purchasing the illicit recordings or risk breaching Press Complaints Commission rules, the BBC reports.
The incident represents another unwelcome distraction from World Cup preparations for England boss Fabio Capello. Last month revelations that England defender John Terry cheated on his wife with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of ex-Chelsea player Wayne Bridge, prompted Capello to step in and strip Terry of the captain's armband.
Bridge later ruled himself out of selection over the affair, a decision that became a serious problem for Capello after first choice left-back Ashley Cole broke his ankle, shortly before his wife Cheryl Cole left him over revelations of a string of extra-marital liaisons. ®
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"It's unclear how the hours-long recordings were made, much less who made them."
Hmmm. I'm offering 2/5 on The News Of The World. Any takers?
RE: Who would want to listen to....
Come on, conversations like this are few and far beteen:
1: What did you have for lunch?
2: my wife made me a lunch box. what did u have?
1: I went out for a curry.
1: looking forward to the game on saturday?
3: me too
1: blah blah blah
Probably not NoTW
On the news last night they had some journo from The Daily Star saying they'd been offered said recordings. I would have thought that anyone wanting the big bucks would have gone to the hacks in Wapping first, as I'd put Sun/NoTW as the first port of call for such things with The Mirror next and then others.
So I don't think it'd be NoTW. I'd have thought they'd like to publish it themselves as they once again gear up to try and destroy the England football team before a major championship.