England manager Fabio Capello’s World Cup build-up has suffered yet another blow. It was revealed that conversations between Capello and the players were secretly recorded ahead of their friendly match against Egypt last week. The recording which is said to be several hours long was offered to several media outlets.
High Drama, Intrigue, Espionage – English Football Team Meeting Bugged!
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The FA have launched an investigation as to how the security was breached and a bug planted in the meeting room at the English team’s hotel in Hertfordshire. A spokesperson of The Grove Hotel said,” We do not know anything about it. We have been hosting England for three or four years and provide a very high level of security for them. They also bring their own security team. It would surprise me if they had been bugged here.”
The FA’s lawyers have contacted media organisations warning that publication of the contents of the recording would be illegal and a breach of the Data Protection Act and Press Complaints Commission rules. None of the newspapers who were offered the recording chose to publish it, however the FA are clueless as to who is currently in possession of the recording.
Fabio Capello who is very concerned about the breach of security was reassured by the FA about the tight security around the England team at their Rustenburg training camp at this year’s World Cup.
The England manager has had to deal with allegations about John Terry’s affair with international team-mate Wayne’s Bridges former partner, subsequently stripping John Terry of the captaincy, which was followed by an announcement by Wayne Bridge asking not to be considered for international duty, thereby ruling himself out of the World Cup.
Just when Fabio thought the worst of the scandal was over, Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole , whose natural replacement is Wayne Bridge broke his ankle further adding to Capello’s woes. Rio Ferdinand who has had an injury riddled season with Manchester United was replaced by team-mate Wes Brown in the match against Egypt but he too got injured last week and has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks. With injuries, scandals and a frenzied press, the heat is definitely on for Fabio Capello and England.
It is being speculated that whoever was responsible for this bugging incident was more interested in further revelations about the players private lives and the mood within the camp in view of the revelations about John Terry’s private life rather than Fabio Capello’s tactical secrets.
Fabio Capello who took up the England manager job in 2008 must be starting to wonder just when he signed up to be a part of a major espionage-love triangle production?