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Leeds United accused of 'spying' on rivals Derby County during training

Frank Lampard forced to halt Derby training due to man spying ahead of crucial Leeds trip Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa admits sending 'spy' to Derby's training ground
Cassandra Castillo | 11 January, 2019, 22:46

Now Leeds can beat you 4-1, they're a fantastic team, but we had somebody in the bushes that day, twice this season now.

Derbyshire Police issued a statement denying those reports, but did confirm that "a man was found at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to".

Derby travel to Championship leaders Leeds in a crucial top-of-the-table clash on Friday night and the local constabulary put out a tweet saying '#spyingischeating' after the incident.

Derby manager Frank Lampard, also speaking ahead of the kick-off, said that the incident shouldn't be excused on cultural grounds.

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".

When Derby and Leeds last met, the Rams were blown away from Marcelo Bielsa's side and will need a positive result if they wish to continue in the play-off places.

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'If we are going to talk about culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine then that doesn't work for me because I don't believe that it is fine on that level. We had someone the day before we lost 4-1 against them.

"It's disrupted our build-up 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".

'The training stopped because the police came on the training ground, so that's disruption number one. We were training on team tactics, team shape, personnel, how we are going to press, how we will work off the ball, the fact Harry Wilson wasn't training would become evident, so the person who is watching will see all of that. I have a different point of view on it, but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby think. The pliers were reportedly used to access the training ground.

Derby County have very much been the nearly-men of the Championship over the past few years, often falling at the final hurdles keeping them from returning to the Premier League.

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