Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa takes blame for Derby #spygate scandal
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has accepted responsibility for the spying scandal in which a member of his staff was spoken to be police outside Derby County’s training ground.
Bielsa’s side are playing the Rams in a Championship clash this evening. Ahead of kick-off, the Argentine admitted that he had sent a spy to watch Frank Lampard’s players training.
He said: “It’s true there was someone from Leeds United. The responsibility for this lies with me. I’m responsible.”
Bielsa added: “Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he told me I didn’t respect the fair play rules.
“I have a different point of view but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby County think. I didn’t ask permission from Leeds United to do it so it’s my responsibility.
“Without trying to find a justification, I’ve been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina.”
Derby staff called police after a man was spotted acting suspiciously near the perimeter fence of their training ground.
Derbyshire Police attended and spoke to the man, but no arrests were made.
A statement issued by the force read: “Officers conducted routine checks which were all above board. Despite media reports, no damage to the fence was found, and the man was stopped outside the grounds.”
You can hear Bielsa’s comments in his pre-match interview with Sky Sports in the video below.
WATCH: Marcelo Bielsa admits he was behind #LUFC spy-gate and that he has been using similar tactics for year.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 11, 2019