Man arrested after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola's emails 'hacked'

27 February 2020, 20:36

Pep Guardiola allegedly had his club email account hacked in 2017
Pep Guardiola allegedly had his club email account hacked in 2017. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

A man has been arrested after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola allegedly had his club email account hacked.

Greater Manchester Police have taken a 30-year-old man into custody on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

He has since been released after being questioned but is still under investigation.

It is being claimed that the Man City boss was hacked in 2017, with the man trying to sell The Sun newspaper sensitive information for £100,000.

A report in paper says it has spoken with an IT worker who obtained details of transfer targets and the contact details of players.

The suspect said he that carried out work for the Premier League champions for about two years from 2016.

Man City transfer targets were detailed in the "hacked" emails
Man City transfer targets were detailed in the "hacked" emails. Picture: PA

In July 2017, over the space of two days, the man said he used Guardiola's mobile phone to access his account.

He then allegedly downloaded personal emails, confidential transfer exchanges and the manager's entire contacts book.

Manchester City were contacted by the newspaper, which provided "a dossier of evidence" after it said the IT consultant offered to sell them the information.

The football club then contacted police.

In a statement, GMP said: "Greater Manchester Police are currently investigating allegations made regarding the Computer Misuse Act.

"A 30-year-old man was arrested on Monday February 24 on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

"He has been released under investigation."

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