English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion have reportedly sacked three staff members following suspicions that team information was leaked on social media.
Local paper The Argus reports that the three were dismissed following an investigation at the club’s training ground. The alleged leaks took place during the season just passed, as Brighton narrowly stayed in the top-flight.
The problem isn’t one that’s exclusive to just the south-coast club. Celtic, too, have had their problems with team leaks in recent years. The majority of line-ups announced by our past two managers have been readily available for fans to view hours before kick-off.
In April, the BBC reported then interim boss Neil Lennon as being unhappy at the consistent leaks coming out of the club.
Lennon said: “I am aware the team does get leaked and I’m really not happy about it.”
“Someone is letting us down. I’m not convinced it’s coming from a player.”
Now Lennon is permanent manager, you can expect him to take the matter even more seriously. The man from Lurgan is clearly peeved that his side’s line-up and tactics are available for opposition managers prior to kick-off.
His comments about not being convinced it’s a player are interesting too. The Celtic training ground is so packed full of people with different roles that it could be anyone from a player, coach, groundsman, sports scientist or tea lady who is passing on the information.
The intentions of the leaker may be harmless but it is a serious issue and the club must act accordingly. If they feel they need to follow Brighton’s action then the majority of the Celtic support will back them to the hilt.