Premier League to hire cyber tsar to catch people using footage on their socials

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The Premier League is looking for an internet cyber sleuth to weed-out trolls like the coward who racially abused Marcus Rashford. And they’ll tackle abuse received by referees too.

The Online Investigations Manager will also target pirates who illegally use match footage without permission.

An ad for the senior role reveals the candidate will: “Work to identify online social media abusers of Premier League players, club staff, match officials, executives and their families.

“Manage reports sent in both from broadcasters in relation to online piracy, but also to reports of abuse sent in by Clubs.

“Manage investigations into both piracy of Premier League audio-visual content and online abuse aimed at key Premier League stakeholders.

“The right candidate will have excellent knowledge of running complex investigations from initial targeting to identification of the parties involved.”

England star Rashford received racist abuse for missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final and last week one tormentor was jailed.

The advertisement says the cyber supremo will have the “ability to lead an investigation from start to finish, including complete evidence capture” and have “awareness in relation to illegal online streaming and be able to apply an investigative approach to assist in finding services and their operators infringing our IP rights, both domestically and internationally”.

Premier League chiefs are looking for a person with “experience in cyber or IT security”.

The notice says: “Work at the Premier League varies greatly and we are committed to delivering equality, diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

“We look for people who excel at what they do and would be a positive fit for the organisation, regardless of their background.”

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