Derby claim training ground 'spy' stopped by police was Leeds employee

DOUBTFUL Pablo Hernandez right

DOUBTFUL Pablo Hernandez right

"Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre at around 11:20am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises", the club said in a statement on its website.

Leeds were 2-0 winners at Elland Road in a match that was marred in controversy after an incident at Derby's training.

Lampard revealed that Derby don't intend to lodge a complaint about the matter but added that Leeds also spied on his team's training session before the sides met in August, with Bielsa's team winning that game 4-1.

"I don't think we need to [investigate], because he's admitted it so it's easily dealt with".

"The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident".

Leeds, who thrashed Derby 4-1 in the league meeting in August, have lost their last three games in all competitions and sit two points clear of Norwich at the top of the table.

Despite not intending to make a complaint, Lampard expressed his frustration with the situation, which he feels shows a lack of sportsmanship from Leeds.

The BBC has asked Leeds United for a response, while Derbyshire Police said no arrests have been made. "I don't believe it is fine on that level".

"Talking about "I did it somewhere else, it's fine" - that doesn't work for me. It has disrupted our buildup to this game". People will say I am making an excuse, but I will speak like this after the game whether we win, lose or draw.

Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive. So I actually was made aware of it after training and then later with a phone call.

Bielsa had apologised to Derby boss Lampard for the spying but Klich's actions may have wound up the Chelsea legend.

"We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel, and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training". The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it was this time'. "For me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do", the Argentinean manager said in his pre-match interview. The pliers were reportedly used to access the training ground.

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