Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Leeds United employee 'seen acting suspiciously' outside Derby County's training ground

Leeds United employee 'seen acting suspiciously' outside Derby County's training ground

But the ploy didn't work and the asset was picked up after it was reported that a man was "acting suspiciously" around the perimeter of the training ground.

The ex-Argentina boss said before the game that he had apologised to Derby boss Frank Lampard, and added that he had used that type of practice "since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina". 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. I didn't ask permission from Leeds United to do it so it's my responsibility.

Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa is known for his meticulous planning and attention to detail when it comes to preparing his teams for matches.

Derby say they are "in discussion" with officials from Leeds about what happened.

And Derby claimed on Friday afternoon that the individual was a member of staff at the Yorkshire club. It's enough Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do. The responsibility for this is me.

"Yesterday I talked for Frank Lampard and he told me that, for him, I didn't respect the fair play rules".

"If we're going to start talking about "culturally, I did it somewhere else" - that doesn't work for me".

'It's disrupted our build-up to this game, and the unfortunate thing for us is it's disrupted us from our end without doing anything.

"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". We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training.

'No. and I don't care if it's cultural and it happens in another country.

"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", an EFL spokesman said. The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it has been this time.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Lampard said: 'I don't think we need to [make a complaint] because he has admitted it. If possibilities come up to travel later in my career, then when I travel to that country I will find out what the etiquette is in that country and I will abide by it, which I think is a good thing to do in life, not just football. It's up to the league to see how they deal with it.

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