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Leeds manager admits ‘we’ve had all our rivals watched’



Leeds United’s manager has said members of his coaching staff have watched training sessions of all their opponents after one of the club’s employees was removed by police from the training ground of rivals Derby County.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending someone from the club to watch Derby’s training ahead of the game at Elland Road on Friday.

Leeds issued an apology to Derby after the game, which the Yorkshire club won 2-0.

Bielsa said: “Many people have made an opinion on my behaviour. Many condemning the behaviour, saying that it was not ethical, it was not moral.

“I observed all rivals we played against. We watched all the training sessions before we played them.

“What I have done is not illegal. We can discuss it, it’s not seen as a good thing, but it’s not a violation of the law.

“I know that not everything that is legal is right to do.”

Frank Lampard, Manager of Derby County
Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, lost 2-0

The Football League launched an investigation into the incident and has written to Leeds United to “seek observations” from the club.

The club could face a points deduction and financial penalties if found to have broken the rules.

The manager added: “I’m going to make it easier for them and I assume my behaviour is observed from the most extreme position.

“My goal is to make this easier for the investigation. By doing this I assume the possible sanctions by the authorities.”

An official statement from Leeds on Saturday said: “Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa… the club will look to 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.

“Our owner Andrea Radrizzani has met with Derby County’s owner Mel Morris to formally apologise for Marcelo’s actions.”

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