A Spanish team have been accused on spying on opponents and referees using hidden cameras.
Granada, in the second-tier, are said to have concealed cameras in smoke detectors and alarms in the changing rooms at their Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes (New Stadium of Los Carmenes) ground.
Other visual recording devices were hidden at the club’s training facilities, it is alleged. One was apparently discovered in the tunnel at the entrance to the changing rooms.
According to reports, police found five cameras in total.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo report that a complaint filed by Granada states that the club’s former director of operations, Angel Gonzalez Segura, who has since been fired, was responsible for having the cameras installed.
The complaint reportedly says: “Mr Gonzalez Segura, in conversations held in a bar, bragged about having installed a camera in the director general’s office and recording private conversations with it.”
Inigo de Lacalle, the club’s general secretary of the board of directors, filed the criminal complaint on October 29.
Segura reportedly worked at the club after it was bought by the Pozzo family in 2009 but was fired after the appointment of Antonio Fernndez Monterrubio as general manager in June 2017.
The club was sold to the Chinese group Desport led by Jiang Lizhang in 2016.
In Granada’s report, they say the club’s director of security Javier Barreda was asked for the images that had been recorded using the spy cameras.
He reportedly said an outside company had been contracted to hold on to the data and that they should contact them to obtain them.
The report says: “These images were requested from the security company and the club was told they had been deleted, without further explanation.”
The report does not speculate as to the motive for the hidden cameras being placed on the club’s facilities.
The case is ongoing and no arrests have been reported.
Granada play in Spain’s second-tier La Liga 2 and currently sit in third place.