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Leeds’ Championship rivals complain to EFL over spygate

Eleven Championship clubs have complained to the English Football League about Leeds spying on opposition teams, the governing body has announced. Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted to having all their Championship opponents watched in training this season, having had a member of his staff caught in the act by Derby. The EFL and Football Association are investigating the matter and the EFL has been approached by many of Leeds’ rivals voicing their concerns about events. An EFL spokesman said: “The EFL has received a communication on behalf of a number of Championship clubs in regard to the current matter involving Leeds United. “The request attributed to 11 clubs will be considered as part of the current investigation that has commenced.” The ‘spygate’ scandal, as it has been dub...

Young winger McAllister home on loan

The winger played for St Mirren before joining the Rams as a 17-year-old. St Mirren have brought Kyle McAllister back to the club on loan from Derby until the end of the season. The winger made 17 appearances for Saints before being sold to Derby aged 17 two years ago but has yet to make his first-team breakthrough. Manager Oran Kearney told the club’s website: “I’m very pleased to have Kyle in. Number one you want to get good players in, but I also think it’s very important to have people who have come through the club and know what it is about. “Kyle had a great start to his career here and got his move to Derby. He’s someone I’ve been aware of since I joined the club with people talking about him. He’s fully fit at this point in time and w...

Outdated in the age of VAR? Offside rule sparks debate after FA Cup tie

A disallowed goal in the third round of the FA Cup has prompted the question: does the offside rule need to be updated? The incident in question occurred during Southampton’s replay against Derby County when the visitors thought they had broken the deadlock through Craig Bryson’s finish. But, after a two-minute wait, Rams player Martyn Waghorn was judged by the Video Assistant Referee to have been offside. Derby can feel a bit hard done by with that decision, according to the boys in the studio. Live: @BBCOnehttps://t.co/rzGHGKxKrB#FACup pic.twitter.com/F56pNfuJYB — Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 16, 2019 Brighton’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the third round of the 2018 FA Cup was the first competitive game in England where VAR technology was made available. And, while the technol...

Max Lowe returns to Aberdeen

The defender has made 19 appearances for the Dons this season. Aberdeen have re-signed Derby left-back Max Lowe for a second loan spell. The 21-year-old started twice for Derby this month but has been allowed to rejoin the Dons amid reports County boss Frank Lampard has made an offer to former Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole. Lowe made 19 appearances for Aberdeen in the first half of the season. Manager Derek McInnes told the club’s official website: “It’s brilliant news. We were looking at a number of left-backs but when the opportunity arose to bring Max back it was one that we were keen to pick up where we left off. “We didn’t want to lose him in the first place. “He showed everyone the potential he’s got earlier in the season and we hope we can get that and more from him more during the ...

Frank Lampard: Derby players deserved moment in spotlight

Derby boss Frank Lampard said his players “deserved” their moment in the spotlight after forcing Theresa May’s speech to be moved from BBC One. Lampard’s Rams recovered from a two-goal deficit to edge past Premier League Southampton 5-3 on penalties in a thrilling FA Cup third-round replay at St Mary’s. The late running of the televised game caused a programme clash, with Prime Minister May moved to BBC Two as she addressed the nation after she fought of a vote of no confidence in the Commons. Lampard, whose side will face League One Accrington in the fourth round, said: “I did hear that. What did she say in the end? “I’m pleased for the players. The BBC is a big audience and when you are playing in front of a big audience, we work hard here to put in good performances. “It’s nice for that...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have spied on every rival this season

Marcelo Bielsa admitted he had sent staff to spy on every team Leeds have played this season but defended his methods and insisted they were not illegal. Bielsa called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening in response to investigations launched by the Football Association and the English Football League into his practices. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene last Thursday and move on a man, later confirmed to be an employee of Leeds, after Derby had reported him watching their training session. Bielsa admitted before Leeds’ home win against the Rams on Friday that he was behind the spy tactics and had called Derby boss Frank Lampard to accept full responsibility. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa gives a PowerPoint presentation to the media (Mark Walker/PA) “I ca...

Frank Lampard refuses to address Marcelo Bielsa’s latest press conference

Frank Lampard refused to comment on Marcelo Bielsa‘s latest press conference as the spying row between Leeds and Derby continued to unfold. Bielsa gave a lengthy presentation to journalists on Wednesday evening while making the frank admission that Leeds had “observed all the rivals” in training sessions prior to playing them in the Sky Bet Championship this season. It comes after a staff member of Leeds was caught by police at the Derby training ground attempting to gain information ahead of the Friday night fixture, which Leeds subsequently won 2-0, and prompted accusations of spying. Bielsa went to extreme lengths on Wednesday to show all the detailed analysis he does of opponents aside from covertly watching them train, but Lampard refused to be drawn on the topic onc...

Leeds boss Bielsa calls Wednesday evening press conference

The Argentine admitted on Friday that he was responsible for sending a Leeds staff member to watch a Derby training session. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has called an impromptu press conference on Wednesday evening. The Sky Bet Championship club announced Bielsa wanted to hold an additional media briefing at their Thorp Arch training ground at 5pm. Bielsa admitted on Friday that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch Derby training on Thursday and both the Football Association and English Football League have launched investigations. The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground. 👉 https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.com/cBNAtmFQfn — EFL (@EFL) January 15, 2...

EFL launches formal investigation into Leeds boss Bielsa’s spying admission

The EFL has launched a formal investigation into the Leeds spying row. Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted before Friday night’s 2-0 win over Derby that he was responsible for sending a member of club staff to watch the Rams training on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and move the individual on but he was not arrested. Leeds have since apologised to Derby and said they will remind Bielsa of his responsibilities. The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground. 👉 https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.com/cBNAtmFQfn — EFL (@EFL) January 15, 2019 Bielsa insisted the practice was not unlawful or illegal, but he could still fall foul of EFL regulations which stat...

Frank Lampard does not believe spying was going on during his time at Chelsea

Frank Lampard “does not believe” spying tactics were employed during his time at Chelsea. Speaking three days after reacting furiously to Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa employing someone to watch Derby’s training session ahead of their game, Lampard said he would leave it to the authorities to decide if any action would be taken. Shortly after the Leeds game, a 2011 Telegraph interview with Andre Villas-Boas resurfaced, during which he admitted that while working under Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho he would “travel to training grounds, often incognito” to secretly watch opposition in training to illicit further information. Lampard was a player in that Chelsea side, but said on Monday: “There’s been talk about Chelsea used to do this years ago. I cer...

Leeds remind Bielsa of importance of ‘integrity and honesty’ after spying row

Leeds have apologised to Derby for spying on their training and will remind head coach Marcelo Bielsa of his responsibilities. The build-up to Friday night’s 2-0 home win over Derby was dominated by claims from the Rams that a man was caught outside their training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the individual was an employee of Leeds, who was watching a training session. 📰 | #LUFC Club Statement — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 12, 2019 Bielsa spoke to Derby boss Frank Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility and was open about the incident when speaking to the media at Elland Road on Friday evening. The former Argentina and Chile coach insisted it was not his intention to gain an advantage in a lengthy explanation that saw him ad...

I won’t say I won’t do it again: Marcelo Bielsa responds to ‘spying’ furore

Marcelo Bielsa refused to rule out continuing to employ the same ‘spy’ tactics that overshadowed Leeds’ 2-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Derby at Elland Road. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was dominated by claims from Derby that a man was caught outside their training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the individual was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session. Bielsa spoke to Derby boss Frank Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility and was open about the incident after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win on Friday night. Frank Lampard and Marcelo Bielsa shake hands prior to kick-off (Simon Cooper/PA) The former Argentina and Chile coach insisted it was not hi...

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