Incidents of players being burgled or even physically threatened are more frequently being reported in the media. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has said “I think security and privacy is the No 1 issue for everybody right now.”
As public figures, whose movements during the season are readily available, they are considered prime targets. The risk is increased for players at the top of the game who are wealthy and have prized possessions.
Another potential vulnerability is sensitive or valuable data held on smartphones and social media accounts as cyber-attacks become more common. There have been many cases of high-profile individuals' personal information being stolen and used against them.
This is something Messi has acknowledged,
“Right now, there are a lot of hackers and people can steal your identity, as well as your money.”
For this reason, Player 4 Player have developed a partnership with Inkerman Private Clients who are experts in providing security and protection services to individuals and organisations across the world.
They can help players, and their families, review risks to personal safety including when travelling, home security, and personal data among other areas. They can provide services to reduce these risks and are backed up by a 24/7 operations centre staffed by intelligence analysts.
We are also collaborating to develop educational training specifically tailored to players' needs. This will increase their awareness of where they may be vulnerable and what they can do to minimise the risks to themselves and those close to them.
Player 4 Player Co-Founder Gareth Farrelly commented “We feel this is a very important service for players as these types of incidents can significantly impact their performances, personal life and financial situation. Education, awareness and prevention are key. We have chosen Inkerman Private Clients as they are a leader in their field of mitigating security and safety risks and providing clients with peace of mind.”
Inkerman Private Clients CEO, Gerald Moor, says “We are delighted to be working with Player 4 Player and share the same ethos to providing trusted services that look to protect players and their families on a 24/7 basis. Our aim is to give players that reassurance and peace of mind that everything important to them is protected at all times – allowing players to concentrate on their careers.
“Sadly, we have seen the consequences of what physical and cyber-attacks can have, and how they can hugely impact personal and professional life thereafter. Operating with complete confidentiality and discretion, Inkerman Private Clients protect players against all such attacks - with expert advice, specialist response and comprehensive support being provided at all times.”