Derby claim training ground 'spy' stopped by police was Leeds employee

Florence Fletcher
January 12, 2019

Bielsa had apologised to Derby boss Lampard for the spying but Klich's actions may have wound up the Chelsea legend.

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.

The former Argentina manager also revealed that he had already spoken to Derby counterpart Frank Lampard about the situation.

Derby County midfielder Mason Mount has warned Leeds United that results suggest the Rams have extra desire to punch above their weight when they are playing away from home.

With Lampard leading a session on Thursday in the build up to the game, the Twitter account for Derbyshire Constabulary's Response Unit confirmed a man had been found by the perimeter fence of Derby's training ground.

Leeds United have not commented on the story.

Biesla's behaviour is likely to have upset other Championship managers, as they will suspect their training sessions have also been spied on this season by the league leaders.

"It doesn't matter if it's legal or illegal or right or wrong".

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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".

What's more, he's been "using this practice" for some time now. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. We had someone the day before we lost 4-1 against them.

"On a sportsman's level, it's bad".

"If we're going to start talking about "culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine", then that doesn't work for me", he said. "It has disrupted our buildup to this game".

"So I think you look at all three of those games and you think, we can go away from home and play well and almost get a result against Chelsea and obviously win the other two games".

Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive.

Derby say they are "in discussion" with officials from Leeds about what happened.

"We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel, and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training".

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