Release date: Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:56
The Leeds boss, Marcelo Bielsa, has admitted "full responsibility" for the spy accident at the Derby training camp that left the smoke Rams boss Frank Lampard.
The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship game at Elland Road was overshadowed after a man was captured outside the Derby training camp.
The Derbyshire police were forced to intervene and it was alleged that the man was a Leeds employee who was spying on opponents & # 39; preparations.
After talking on the phone with Bielsa, and the Argentine admitted him in an interview before the match, Lampard suggested that his club would not file a complaint and would leave the question in the hands of the authorities. [1
Asked by Sky Sports if he made a complaint, Lampard said: "I do not think we need it, because it was admitted, so it's easy to manage.
" We had someone the day before our first game against them that we lost 4-1. Now Leeds can beat you 4-1, it's a fantastic team, but we had someone in the bushes that day, twice this season … "
Bielsa had previously admitted that it was something he had done before, but Lampard was not interested in discussing any cultural differences that could see such incidents becoming more frequent in this country.
The former England midfielder said: "I do not care if it's cultural. Because if it's cultural and it happens in another country, if I'm lucky enough to do well and a chance comes later in my managerial career, when I go to that country I'll find out what the label is – and I will respect
The EFL had already issued a statement suggesting that it was still awaiting an official complaint from Derby, but Bielsa's pre-match comments could see his position revisited after he admitted to sending someone to the Moor Farm complex .
The Leeds boss said: "It's true that there was someone from Leeds United, the responsibility for this is (up to) me, I'm responsible.
" It does not matter if this is legal, illegal , right or wrong . It's enough for me that Frank Lampard and Derby County felt it was not the right thing to do. I did not behave well
"Yesterday I spoke to Frank Lampard and he told me I did not respect fair play, I have a different point of view, but the important thing is what Frank and Derby think.
" I am responsible because I did not ask Leeds United for permission to do so. Without trying to find an excuse, I have used this type of practice since qualifying for the World Cup with Argentina. This is not illegal, we did it publicly, we'll talk about it in the press – for some people it's the wrong thing, for others it's not. "
A spokesperson for the EFL said earlier:" We are aware of the report about an accident in the Derby County training camp.
"Of course, up to Derby County, on how this issue goes, but until now we have not received any complaints or contact from the club."
Leeds leaders have won the game 2-0 with a goal by Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison.