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Derby County contact Leeds United over spying claims

11 January 2019

The Football Association (FA) will investigate allegations of spying after Derby County claimed a man caught by police acting "suspiciously" near their training ground was a Leeds United employee.

"It doesn't matter if this is legal, illegal, right or wrong, for me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County felt it was not the right thing to do".

"Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he said I didn't respect the rules of fair play".

'If somebody wants to say that isn't relevant and won't affect the game and tactics aren't relevant and how you want to prepare, then that means Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and all the great managers then they are just lucky because if preparation and tactics are not part of the game and aren't sacred that you can work on your own training ground then they are lucky managers because they must be'.

"There is some precisions that I need to give".

The man has since been confirmed as a member of Leeds United's "footballing staff".

Derby travelled to Elland Road to face the Championship leaders on Friday night, where Bielsa told Sky Sports' cameras prior to kick-off that he was responsible for the incident.

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

They said in a statement they were "in discussion with Leeds club officials in relation to this incident". I have a different point of view, but the important thing is what he and Derby think. I've been using this kind of practice since the World Cup qualifiers with Argentina.

'If we are going to talk about culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine then that doesn't work for me because I don't believe that it is fine on that level.

"It's disrupted our build-up to this game". People will stand here and say I'm trying to make excuses before the game, I will speak like this after the game as well, win, lose or draw because of what's happened'. "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". Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive.

Leeds, who thrashed Derby 4-1 in the league meeting in August, have lost their last three games in all competitions and sit two points clear of Norwich at the top of the table.

Derby County contact Leeds United over spying claims