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Bristol City owner wants Leeds to lose points for spying

Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown wants a points deduction for Leeds after their head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to spying on other Sky  Bet Championship teams. A member of Leeds’ staff was caught at Derby’s training ground last week watching them train ahead of their league game at Elland Road, which Bielsa’s side won 2-0. The English Football League and Football Association are investigating the matter. While Leeds do not appear to have actually broken any rules, Lansdown has called for the authorities to punish the West Yorkshire club, who are top of the Championship table by four points. 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.c...

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...

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...

FA to investigate after Bielsa admits responsibility for spying incident

Leeds manager was behind Derby training ground snooping.

Andreas Granqvist: ‘Sweden spying incident blown out of proportion’

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist is adamant that an incident involving one of their scouts ‘spying’ at a South Korea training camp was “blown out of proportion”. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Monday, June 18, 2018 at 20:01 UK Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 at 20:04 UK Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist has claimed that an incident involving one of their scouts ‘spying’ at a South Korea training camp was “blown out of proportion”. Media reports from the Scandinavian nation claimed this week that Lasse Jacobsson spied on Sweden’s World Cup Group F rivals during their closed training session in Austria. Jacobsson was alleged to have watched the Taeguk Warriors from the roof of the house that he had rented for that purpose. Swed...

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