Leeds United make formal apology to Derby County over 'spygate'

Carrie Guzman
January 12, 2019

"If we're gonna talk about "culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine", then that doesn't work for me".

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

"I'm the only one responsible for it, I didn't ask Leeds for permission to do that". There's no one saying you can't do it, it's just one of those things a lot of people choose not to do. "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".

Lampard was irritated by what he called a disruption but acknowledged Bielsa's contrition.

Nicholas told The Debate: "Are you telling me Frank Lampard, when he was at Chelsea, with team-mates and opposition isn't finding out who's in and out with them?"

A Leeds statement said: "Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa on Friday, 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".

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"It is, of course, up to Derby County as to how they progress this matter but as of yet we have received no complaint or contact from the club".

Mateusz Klich tried to make light of the recent spying saga surrounding Leeds United by pulling out a pair of imaginary binoculars in the aftermath of the side's 2-0 victory over Derby.

In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Andrews said: "It's madness, initially there was a comical value to it, someone skulking around the training ground - but it's disgusting really". Although he commended Bielsa taking full responsibility for the fiasco, he claimed the disruption to his side was significant in the buildup to the game and that tactics should remain "sacred" to the training ground.

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

With Derby preparing ahead of the match a man "acting suspiciously" was caught outside the Ram's training ground on Thursday. If it's a cultural thing I'm very surprised because I don't think it's right. Their next home game sees them host Norwich at the start of February, a game which, if they win, could see them take a significant step towards promotion to the top flight for the first time since 2004.

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