Leeds United employee 'seen acting suspiciously' outside Derby County's training ground

Leeds United employee 'seen acting suspiciously' outside Derby County's training ground

Bielsa, as coach of English second-tier team Leeds, has accepted responsibility for having a club employee spy on opponent Derby County's training session ahead of their league match on Friday (Saturday NZT).

"Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre at around 11:20am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises", the club said in a statement on its website.

The force added: "No arrests were made and the man was sent on his way".

Asked about "spygate" after Leeds" victory, Lampard told BBC Sport: "For me, it's not right.

Shortly after an FA spokesperson announced: "We are aware of the incident at Derby County's training ground and we will be investigating the matter".

"I don't think we need to [investigate], because he's admitted it so it's easily dealt with".

Derby are now eight points behind Leeds ahead of Friday night's match, and lost the corresponding fixture at the start of the season 4-1 at Pride Park.

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With less than 24 hours before the first match of a three-game one-day series, it is hardly an ideal preparation for the tourists. Pandya has apologised for his remarks, saying he got "carried away by the nature" of the show.

United said they would hold talks with Bielsa and his backroom team in the coming days to discuss the controversy.

Bielsa had earlier admitted it was something he had done previously but Lampard was not interested in discussing any potential cultural differences which might see such incidents become more frequent in this country.

"That's good. He said the same to me, so I'm pleased", said the Derby manager.

And now, Derby have confirmed it was in fact a member of Leeds' staff found lurking outside the Rams' training ground.

A statement from the club issued this morning said: "Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa yesterday the club will look to work with our head coach and his staff to remind them of the integrity and honesty which are the foundations that Leeds United is built on".

"It doesn't matter if this is legal, illegal, right or wrong. I didn't behave well".

"I didn't call him (Lampard) to apologise, I called him to say it actually happened and that I was responsible". Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since qualification for the World Cup with Argentina. We actually caught the journalists doing it, we banned them for two days, and then everyone defended them stoically.

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