A Liverpool fan has admitted to hacking into Dejan Lovren’s social media accounts – before gaining personal details about other Reds stars.
Police found family photos of Croatian Lovren and even an image of his identity card on Peter Doswell’s computer.
Doswell, from Selkirk, Scottish Borders, then accessed private contact details of England international Lallana and Can – who has since joined Juventus on a free agent.
The 22-year-old plead guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to committing the offenses at his home last April.
He was handed 225 hours of unpaid work and put under supervision for two years and three months, report Liverpool Echo, via the BBC.
His lawyer Mark Harrower described it as an “unusual case” and said his client was “not an experienced hacker.”
He suggested a third party was involved given the level of expertise required but that Doswell had gone along with it and had carried out some of the actions himself.
An examination of Doswell’s computer by Police Scotland’s cyber crime unit found 155 video folders featuring Lovren and his family, eight text documents relating to Lovren’s purchase of a property in London and a club letter from Liverpool – information that would not be publicly available.
Doswell’s laptop contained details of phishing and software used to hack email accounts.
The court heard that it was after he contacted Can that the German had informed team manager Jurgen Klopp and at the same time Lovren realised his Facebook page had been compromised.
Merseyside Police were informed and Police Scotland contacted when all the evidence was traced to Doswell’s home in Selkirk.
Mr Harrower admitted his client was guilty of a “huge intrusion” but added that the guilty plea had avoided the need for the Liverpool players to give evidence at a trial.
Sheriff Mark Thorley told Doswell it was a “serious offence”.
As an alternative to prison he was placed under supervision with a conduct requirement restricting his use of the internet and ordered to carry out unpaid work as part of a community payback order.
Lovren has played in all four of Croatia’s World Cup matches in Russia and is due to line-up against the host nation in the quarter finals this Saturday.