St Kilda accidentally leaks box audio from coaches from pre-season games to every AFL club
St Kilda manager Ross Lyon has reached out to his players group after the club’s IT department made an embarrassing bungle that gave opposing clubs the ability to download sensitive audio.
- The vision behind the goals, which St Kilda shared with other clubs, was to be muted but instead broadcast audio from coaches
- It is not known if anyone downloaded the file during the few hours that it was available
- Saints chief executive Simon Lethlean said the club’s IT department did not realize the audio was on the video
The Saints released a statement on Wednesday confirming that a file containing the coaches’ box audio had been uploaded to a league-wide shared folder last Saturday.
The file, which should be a muted version of the vision behind the goals, comes from St Kilda’s 35-point pre-season win over Essendon last week.
It was available for download for several hours before the Saints realized their mistake and took it down.
It’s unclear if anyone accessed the audio before it was removed.
If they had, they would have had access to the inner workings of Lyon and his coaching staff just weeks before the start of the AFL season.
St Kilda chief executive Simon Lethlean said the club would not be conducting a witch hunt over the blunder.
“I don’t think the IT guys knew the audio was on and connected (to the vision),” Lethlean told SEN.
“We haven’t heard anything to suggest anyone downloaded it. But Ross has been working with the playgroup to let them know about it.”
The Saints have since replaced the vision behind the goals with a subdued version that conforms to standard protocol.
“This upload was due to human error which was corrected as soon as we were notified,” acting St Kilda football manager David Misson said in a statement.
“There is no certainty that this file was accessed and downloaded by anyone, but despite the low risk, we wanted to be progressive and proactive in our response.
“Our focus is on creating a program of high integrity, open communication and caring for our employees.
“Of course we addressed this issue directly with our playgroup.”
The St Kilda season kicks off on March 19th with a thrilling duel with Fremantle in Docklands.
Lyon was axed as Dockers manager at the end of 2019 and returned to St Kilda in October for a second spell at the helm.
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