Sunday 26 May 2019

'I didn't behave well' - Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa takes full responsibility for 'spying' incident

Marcelo Bielsa. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images
Marcelo Bielsa. Photo by George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed on Sky Sports he was behind the 'spying' incident at Derby's training ground.

Derby had claimed a man escorted from the perimeter of their training ground by police on Thursday after "acting suspiciously" was an employee of Leeds.

The Rams play Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds on Friday night.

Derbyshire Police attended attended County's training ground on Thursday after a man was seen at the perimeter fence of the Moor Farm complex.

And the Rams said on Friday afternoon that it had been "confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club."

Ahead of tonight's game, Marcelo Bielsa took full responsibility for the spy row ahead of the match at Elland Road.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "It's true there was someone from Leeds United, the responsibility of this is me, I am responsible, there is some precision that I need to give.

"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. I didn't behave well."

He added: "Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he told me I didn't respect fair play.

"I have a different point of view on it but the important thing is what Frank and Derby think. I am responsible for it because I didn't ask for Leeds United permission to do it.

"Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina. This is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly, we talk about it in the press, for some people it is the wrong things, for others it's not"

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