Leicester were furious after drones were used to spy on first-team training sessions

Leicester left furious after drones were used to spy on the first team training sessions ahead of the Foxes’ clash with Brighton… with footage of security guards threatening to call the police as the operator refused to stop flying the device

  • A drone was deployed to check Leicester City’s training sessions on Thursday
  • The foxes were furious after the drone operator refused to stop footage of the exercises
  • Brendan Rodgers’ side meet Brighton in a crucial Premier League game on Friday
  • There is no indication that Leicester’s opponents were themselves behind the drones

Leicester City were furious to see drones being used to spy on their first team training sessions ahead of Friday’s Premier League clash with Brighton.

A drone operator persistently flew camera-carrying equipment over Brendan Rodger’s training camp to capture footage of the likes of James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes – and reportedly refused to leave the area when questioned by security forces.

Since then, footage has been posted online of the club’s security chief threatening to call the police even though the operator hadn’t broken the law.

Leicester were furious after a drone was used to spy on their training session on Thursday

Leicester were furious after a drone was used to spy on their training session on Thursday

There is no indication that Brighton itself was behind the drones.

The Foxes force reportedly discussed the incident after practice and plans to follow up on the issue.

“The man insisted he would not go,” a source told The Sun on Thursday.

“He filmed exercises that are supposed to be kept secret.

Brendan Rodgers' side take on in-form Brighton in a crucial Premier League clash on Friday

Brendan Rodgers’ side take on in-form Brighton in a crucial Premier League clash on Friday

“They are an important part of team tactics and it would be a big problem if opponents found out about them before a game.

“After the meeting, the team talked about it. We’ve since been told the club is moving on as similar things have happened before and with rivals.

“Some recordings were already on YouTube and TikTok. Who knows where else it goes?’

Ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said he once sent a worker to spy on Derby County in 2019

Ex-Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa said he once sent a worker to spy on Derby County in 2019

Ex-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa previously admitted he once sent a colleague to spy on Derby County ahead of the league game in 2019 and the Yorkshire club were subsequently fined £200,000.

Recognizing that it was unsportsmanlike but not illegal, the English Football League later introduced a new law banning anyone from watching opponents’ training sessions for up to 72 hours before a game.

Leicester are hovering just two points above the drop zone and are hoping no secret plans have been leaked ahead of Friday’s crucial Premier League clash against Brighton at the King Power.

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