Boy 'sorry' over football kit leak
A teenage football fan has spoken of his regret after he was reported to police for leaking images of Norwich City's new home kit on the internet.
IT student Chris Brown, 17, was contacted by Norfolk Police after he published pictures of the 2012/13 strip on Twitter and online forums hours before the official launch.
The teenager, a Norwich City fan, said he was "very apologetic" for obtaining the images from the Canaries' website as it was being updated. But he admitted he was "upset" the club had contacted police about the incident.
He told the Press Association: "The club said they would contact me first but they didn't, and that upsets me. There's been a lot of mentions on Twitter and people agree there has been a big over-reaction. I regret what I've done and I'm very apologetic. But I will always love and follow Norwich City."
A statement from Norfolk Constabulary said: "We can confirm we are making inquiries into a reported electronic security breach. A 17-year-old boy is assisting us with our inquiries."
Chris, a Norwich City season ticket holder, said he was called by the football club in the early hours of Wednesday morning to explain his actions, after posting the new kit online the previous night.
His mother, Trish Brown, told the BBC: "I feel Norwich could have handled it better. I feel they could have spoken to Chris and myself and just discussed why he'd done it, asked him a few more questions, before involving the police."
She added: "We knows he's probably done wrong by taking it a bit further, but that was just excitement to show other people what he had done."
Norwich City chief executive David McNally has asked for a report into what happened after the kit was officially launched at Carrow Road on Wednesday.
He said: "We are the guardians of the football club whilst we're here and so we will protect our property. And our property in the digital age involves our intellectual property, so we won't allow anybody to come in and take it from us."
what do you think?
He knew what he was doing. Nick him.
What a horrendous crime - this vile person must be locked up without delay - how can he sleep at night - bring back capital punishment I say !
Who cares? It's just a football strip - they'll change it again in a few months.
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The only crime I can see here is the price that Norwich City fans will have to pay for the new shirt!
So what was the crime anyway? Finding the image buried in the site source code? (which is easily found and not illegal to look at) or leaking the image to the public? Joey Barton leaked an image of the new England kit on Twitter before it was revealed. What happened about that?
Can he be extradited to the USA at the earliest, I am sure that I read somewhere that Norwich have an outlet there selling club and replica merchandise? :)
Roy E Millington
JUST WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM A CLUB THAT DOESNT DESERVE ITS SUPPORTERS IF THEY DIDNT WANT IT SHOWN THEY SHOULDNT HAVE INCLUDED IT TILL AFTER THEY HAD LAUNCHED IT wonder how many people(supporters) went looking to see if they could buy the overpriced kits in the club shop??
sounds to me like he is a very loyal fan, and was excited about the new kit .... give him a break he will learn from his mistake.
utterly shocking lol.......who gives a monkeys......it not as if it's government papers thown in a skip...it's a friggin football top...
Gary W Beard
They probably paid him to do it. Its the only way they could get any publicity about something so trivial as a football kit.
this must be major news in the fens
should have put the new ipswich shirt on, its brown just like that are YELLOW AND BLACK ARMY