Genoa coach caught hiding in a bush

Serie A side Genoa insist the youth team coach who was caught spying on Sampdoria in full camouflage gear was acting alone.

Luca De Pra was discovered hiding in a bush at Sampdoria's training ground yesterday ahead of today's derby encounter, and has since been suspended by the club.

No director or member of the coaching staff sent Luca De Pra to watch the training session at Bogliasco. It was a personal initiative. This has never been done before and is not part of the club's modus operandi. The club makes it known that De Pra has been suspended with immediate effect pending further explanations.

– Genoa club statement