Norwich score own goal in PR match with web-surfing kid
They might be a bit of a soft touch on the football pitch following a 6-1 battering by Manchester City, but Norwich City Football Club have shown just what they’re made of when it comes to acting the tough guy against a 17-year-old fan who is armed with some computer smarts.
That fan is IT student Chris Brown and officials of the ‘Canaries’ set the local constabulary on him when he leaked pictures of the team’s new strip that he’d found hidden away on their website, a whole twelve hours before the kit was due to be launched to the public.
At no time was the site hacked by Chris – he merely found a section of the site that was being worked on ahead of the launch and posted the strip pictures elsewhere, leading to a visit from the rozzers. Chris said: “I'm sorry for any offence I might have caused to the club, but I would never do anything malicious or spiteful because I do have an interest and love the football club.”
His mum, Trish Brown, said: “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.”
Rather than finding someone who can work the club’s website properly, stone-faced NCFC chief executive David McNally 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.” Big time.
Norfolk Police said in a statement: "We can confirm we are making inquiries into a reported electronic security breach. A 17-year-old boy is assisting us with our inquiries."
We’re not going to show you the new kit, in case we upset the club, so here’s Justin Fashanu’s classic goal for them from 1980 instead.