Leeds manager Bielsa admits spy claims

FLORENCE, ITALY - MARCH 09: Marcelo Bielsa manager of OPlympique de Marseille during the "Panchina D'oro season 2013-2014" on March 9, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa accepts he did send someone to spy on Derby County’s training but still hasn’t apologised for the scenario.

Derby reported that a Leeds employee had to be removed by police around the training ground ahead of Friday night’s Championship match between the clubs.

Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and took the players off the pitch after the ‘spy’ was discovered.

Asked about the incident before facing Derby, Bielsa told Sky Sports:“It’s true it was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for it. It doesn’t matter if this is legal or illegal, or right or wrong…

PRESTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Patrick Bamford of Leeds United celebrates after he scores the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale on April 09, 2019 in Preston, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Bielsa says he’s proud of Leeds United

The Argentinean coach believes his team is doing well, as they are looking for the English Championship title.

“For me, it is enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do, for me to believe that I didn’t behave well.

“Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he said I didn’t respect the rules of fair play. I have a different point of view on it, but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby think.

“I am the only one responsible for it, because I didn’t ask for the permission of Leeds to do it.

“Without trying to find a justification, I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifiers for the World Cup with Argentina. It is not illegal, we have been doing it publicly and we talk about it in the press. For some people, it’s the wrong thing to do and for other people, it’s not the wrong thing to do.”