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SBD Global/February 21, 2013/International Football
Man City CEO Soriano Accused Of Authorizing Payments For Spying While At Barcelona
Published February 21, 2013
EYE OF THE HURRICANE: Also in London, Herbert & Jenson reported under Spanish law, "virtually anyone can trigger an investigation by lodging a complaint against the administrators of a football club." Catalonia's senior prosecutor has found that when Soriano was a VP of the club he ordered cyber intelligence company Cybex Experience to "embed a device in the server of the club's internal computer, enabling all internal emails containing any one of 100 keywords to be monitored." There have also been reports that Man City is trying to "gazump Barcelona for the services of Neymar." The EPL champion is monitoring his situation, like most clubs who are capable of signing him, but has accepted that the 21-year-old "will become a Barcelona player this summer" (INDEPENDENT, 2/20). In Barcelona, Francesc Perearnau wrote Soriano "is in the eye of the hurricane of a major political operation against political spying." There are indications the spying was aimed at particular individuals in the Barcelona circles, including current club President Sandro Rosell (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 2/20). MARCA reported Oliver acknowledged that the club monitored the emails of all the employees and upper management of the club because there were "information leaks." Oliver also admitted it was "an error" (MARCA, 2/18).