Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepts the blame over spy row with Derby

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa accepts the blame over spy row with Derby

Jermaine Jenas has suggested Leeds United should be hit with a points deduction after manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending someone from the club to spy on Derby County's training session on Thursday.

Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and the Football Association are investigating the incident. "It doesn't matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong. for me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County were unhappy, to show that I didn't behave well". I talked to Lampard and he told me I didn't respect fair play.

Derby County have now issued their own statement in which they say the man spotted outside their training ground is an employee of Leeds United. "The responsibility of this is me, I am responsible, there is some precision that I need to give".

The man has since been confirmed as a member of Leeds United's "footballing staff".

The Rams have made a positive start under Frank Lampard so far, with 43 points from 26 Championship games.

The incident, which saw manager Frank Lampard suspend a training session, has prompted suggestion that United were spying on County in preparation for a key league game.

Leeds, who are first in the Championship, host sixth-placed Derby in a 7.45pm kick-off tonight.

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"The man responsible for this incident was me".

"The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident".

"Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina".

"On a sporting level, it's bad, in my opinion", Lampard said.

'It's disrupted our build-up to this game, and the unfortunate thing for us is it's disrupted us from our end without doing anything. Now Leeds can beat you 4-1, they're a fantastic team, but we had somebody in the bushes that day, twice this season now.

"So I think you look at all three of those games and you think, we can go away from home and play well and almost get a result against Chelsea and obviously win the other two games".

'The training stopped because the police came on the training ground, so that's disruption number one. We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training.

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