Leeds apologise to Derby over spy scandal after Bielsa admission

Leeds apologise to Derby over spy scandal after Bielsa admission

The Football Association (FA) is to investigate the incident after Derby County - ahead of Friday's Championship clash between the clubs - claimed a man caught by police acting "suspiciously" near their training ground was a Leeds employee. I didn't ask permission from Leeds United to do it so it's my responsibility.

Leeds says owner Andrea Radrizzani apologized in person to Derby owner Mel Morris.

"We will make no further comment on this matter". It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press.

"I'm in a hard position because I want to draw a line between the performance and the bigger story of what happened".

Derbyshire Police attended County's training ground on Thursday after a man was seen at the perimeter fence of the Moor Farm complex. Lampard said someone was also spotted watching his team training before they played Leeds in August.

"I would accept any sanction that the club takes against me, I would accept any sanction that the federation takes against me and I would accept the judgement of Derby County and Frank Lampard".

Leeds' victory takes them five points clear of nearest challengers Norwich City, who face fourth-place West Brom on Saturday, while Derby remain in sixth.

"At least, on a sportsman's level, it's bad in my opinion", he said speaking to Sky Sports. The only thing I'm going to apologise for is to have contaminated a football game with this subject.

"If you talk about details and gaining advantages, great managers do that but this one is over the line. Because if it's cultural and it happens in another country, if I'm lucky enough to do well and a possibility comes up later in my managerial career, when I travel to that country I will find out what the etiquette is - and I will abide by it".

Asked about Bielsa taking responsibility, Lampard said: "Well that's good, I spoke to him yesterday afternoon myself and he did the same to me so I'm pleased he's done it again and said that".

'I'm a big fan from afar of Bielsa, I've got his book at home in my front room, but that's slightly clouded it for me today.

"I'd rather not coach than send people undercover on their hands and knees with pliers and bolt cutters to go and look at the opposition because I respect the opposition".

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