Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa in stunning spy admission: Could he be SACKED? Points deduction?
Bielsa confirmed in an interview before kick off at Elland Road this evening that the person at Derby’s training ground was sent there by himself.
The manager accepted responsibility for the decision to deploy a ‘spy’ to watch Derby’s preparations.
“The man responsible for this incident was me. I am responsible for it” he said.
“There is some precisions that I need to give.
“It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, right or wrong.
“For me it’s enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County felt that it was not the right thing to do. For me to see that, to believe that. I didn’t behave well.
“Yesterday I talked for Frank Lampard and he told me that, for him, I didn’t respect the fair play rules.
“The man responsible for this incident was me. I am responsible for it.”
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa
“I have a different point of view but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby County think.
“I am the only one responsible for this. I didn’t ask for the permission of the club of Leeds United to do that.
“Without trying to find a justification. I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina. This is not unlawful, not illegal.
“We have been doing it publicly. We talk about it in the press. For some people it’s the wrong thing to do and for other’s it’s not the wrong thing to do.”
Despite the unsporting act, Bielsa is unlikely to face punishment from the club and lose his job.
Leeds are yet to issue a formal statement on the matter but Bielsa hasn’t legally done anything wrong.
Leeds aren’t expected to face a points deduction either after the EFL confirmed they would not be taking action prior to Bielsa’s admission.
An official complaint could be made to the EFL or the Football Association but the EFL said today: “We are aware of the reports in relation to an incident at the training ground of Derby County. “It is, of course, up to Derby County as to how they progress this matter but as of yet we have received no complaint or contact from the club.”
Derby boss Frank Lampard gave his view on the matter in the build up to the match and was clearly not happy at the tactics.
“On a sporting level, it’s bad, in my opinion,” Lampard said.
“Talking about ‘I did it somewhere else, it’s fine’ – that doesn’t work for me. It’s disrupted our preparations. Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive.
“We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel, and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn’t training.
“He’s admitted it, so I don’t think there’ll be any further action – but we had a guy in the bushes before we played Leeds earlier this season, and we lost 4-1.”