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Sunday 17 December 2017

England to go bug hunting

ENGLAND officials have been warned to sweep team venues for listening devices on a regular basis to avoid being bugged.

It is understood the FA are reviewing security procedures after a secret recording of conversations between England players and coaches before the Egypt friendly came to light.

Manchester United have employed security personnel to conduct sweeps of their dressing-rooms since they were bugged four years ago, and England have been told by experts to adopt similar measures.

The FA have yet to make a complaint to the police about the bugging, reportedly at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire, because they are still waiting to have access to the recording.

They have, however, taken legal steps to ensure the conversations remain under wraps. SIASS, a private intelligence agency who work for sports teams, companies and foreign governments, said the FA need to organise regular sweeps for bugs.

Discussions involving England manager Fabio Capello and the squad are understood to have been secretly taped ahead of last Wednesday's match.

The FA's lawyers have contacted media organisations warning that publication of the contents of the recording would be illegal and a breach of UK press regulations.

Irish Independent

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