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Marcelo Bielsa admits to sending spy to Derby training ground

Marcelo Bielsa

The plot thickens after spy row

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted before the game against Derby that he sent a spy to the Rams’ training ground to gather information.

Some stunning reports emerged this week in relation to the Derby vs Leeds game.

It was reported that on Thursday, Frank Lampard had to stop a training session after spotting a suspicious character.

The person was supposedly caught with binoculars, a change of clothes and fence cutters.

The police escorted him off the premises and initially, you would think nothing of it.

However, it soon became apparent that something else was afoot.

Derby released a statement on their website explaining that they had it confirmed that the person was a Leeds employee who had been sent to spy on them.

While there is no rule specifically against spying on your opposition, there is a law that clubs must act ‘utmost good faith’ to one another.

Crystal Palace were charged with not upholding that law in 2014 after a match with Cardiff.

Now, Marcelo Bielsa has admitted publically to sending the spy personally.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County celebrates following his sides victory in the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on September 25, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“I am responsible for it”

The Argentine boss admitted that he personally ordered the events without asking Leeds’ permission.

He also explained to Sky Sports before the match with Derby that he has been doing it for years and that it is not illegal.

“It’s true it was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for it,” he explained.

“I am the only one responsible for it, because I didn’t ask for the permission of Leeds to do it.

“It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”

Frank Lampard was not happy before the game.

He went on a rant about how it has affected the side’s preparation going into the game.

“It’s disrupted our build-up to the game,” Lampard explained also to Sky Sports.

“People will say I am making an excuse, but I will speak like this after the game whether we win, lose or draw.

“I don’t care if it’s cultural. If possibilities come up to travel later in my career, then when I travel to that country I will find out what the etiquette is in that country and I will abide by it, which I think is a good thing to do in life, not just football.”

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