The Professional Footballer’s Association say they are “disappointed” after a member of the public leaked the Premier League Team of the Year on Twitter, prior to the official announcement at Sunday’s event.
The team was set to be announced on Sunday, but was leaked on social media along with the Team of the Year from the Championship, League One, League Two and the Women’s Super League.
Included in the Premier League side are Leicester quartet Wes Morgan, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane also named.
With the teams being prematurely released three days before Sunday’s ceremony, the PFA say they are “seeking a detailed explanation” as to how details of the teams were obtained and publicly released.
In a statement on their official website, the association said: “The PFA is disappointed that a member of the public has chosen to deliberately leak our representative teams from the official brochure of the Awards Evening.
“As a matter of urgency, we are seeking a detailed explanation from the brochure printers as to how they were able to secure a copy of the publication.
“The unveiling of the PFA representative teams is eagerly awaited by our members and football fans throughout the country and we hope that the unfortunate leak does not affect the wide-ranging debate and discussion which accompanies their normal release on the day of the event.”
Twitter user “JackH_THFC” appears to be the account that released the photos of the teams, but he insisted he had “no reason not to” publish the official teams.
“Can I just say, I did not know it was wrong,” he tweeted. “I tweeted it because I had the brochure and saw no reason not to.
“I did not steal the brochure, or use it for an advantage. I didn’t know it was wrong, as I had it, I felt it would be cool to show people.”