Derby County contact Leeds United over spying claims

Derby County contact Leeds United over spying claims

A visibly furious Frank Lampard has slammed Marcelo Bielsa for sending a Leeds United employee to spy on Derby County after the Argentine accepted full responsibility.

An EFL statement read: "We are aware of the reports in relation to an incident at the training ground of Derby County".

Enquiries will continue today (Friday) and the identity of the intruder will become clearer, as will if he has any links to Leeds or any other Championship clubs.

'If somebody wants to say that's not relevant and that won't affect the game, then I think that if tactics aren't relevant and how you prepare than that means Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp, all the great managers, then they are just lucky.

Derbyshire Police said the man was found "at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to".

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

"It has since been confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club".

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The club says they are in discussions with Leeds over the incident.

"At this time no further comment will be made".

Derby, who now occupy the final playoff position in the league table, have amassed 43 points from 26 games in the Championship.

Although the practice of spying on opponents' training sessions may be more common in other countries, Lampard believes that isn't a suitable excuse for Leeds' actions.

Derby County have very much been the nearly-men of the Championship over the past few years, often falling at the final hurdles keeping them from returning to the Premier League.

Lampard revealed that Derby don't intend to lodge a complaint about the matter but added that Leeds also spied on his team's training session before the sides met in August, with Bielsa's team winning that game 4-1.

"For me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County felt that it was not the right thing to do".

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