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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...

Outdated in the age of VAR?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...

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...

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...

Lampard insists he would ‘rather quit’ than use Bielsa’s ‘spying’ tactics

Frank Lampard insisted he would rather quit coaching than employ the ‘spying’ tactics used by opposite number Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Derby’s 2-0 defeat at Leeds. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was overshadowed after a man was caught outside Derby’s training ground on Thursday. Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the man was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted spying on Derby’s training (Simon Cooper/PA) Bielsa spoke to Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility for the incident but the former England midfielder was still unhappy with the pre-match distraction after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win. “We lost to the better team from minute...

Result: Leaders Leeds still eye the prize after Bielsa admits Rams raid

Leeds produced a scintillating display to brush aside Derby but the 2-0 win was overshadowed by Marcelo Bielsa’s admission that he was behind the spying incident at the Rams’ training ground. The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship fixture was dominated by Derby’s claim that a Leeds employee was escorted from the perimeter of their training complex by police on Thursday after “acting suspiciously”. Bielsa accepted responsibility for the incident in a pre-match interview, although he insisted he had done nothing illegal. The United head coach could face action from the Football Association but he would have been delighted with his side’s response on the field as they beat Derby comfortably for the second time this season. Kemar Roofe scored his 14th goal of the campaign to give Leeds a des...

Bielsa has damaged his and Leeds’ reputation with ‘disgusting’ actions – Andrews

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa has come in for heavy criticism after admitting he was the mastermind behind the spy row that has overshadowed his side’s fixture against Derby. Ahead of their Sky Bet Championship clash on Friday night, the Rams claimed that a man who was escorted from the perimeter of their training ground on Thursday after “acting suspiciously” was, in fact, a Leeds employee. Bielsa, who has guided Leeds to the top of the Championship, has taken responsibility for the act, leading former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews to claim the Argentinian has damaged his reputation. In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, Andrews said: “It’s madness, initially there was a comical value to it, someone skulking around the training ground – but it’s disgusting really. “It’s...

Lampard stunned by dramatic comeback win

Derby County manager Frank Lampard admitted he had never seen a game like it after his side scored two late goals after a floodlight failure to seal a dramatic 4-3 win at Norwich. The hosts had just gone 3-2 up with 10 minutes remaining when a section of the lights went out between the Regency Stand and City Stand due to a fusebox problem, causing a 25-minute delay. When play resumed the Rams equalised almost immediately through Florian Jozefzoon and then grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Jack Marriott muscled his way through before beating Tim Krul. There was still time for Norwich substitute Jordan Rhodes to hit the underside of the crossbar after Scott Carson had made a brilliant save to deny Todd Cantwell – but the visitors held on to take all three points. “It was a game which had eve...

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