Marcelo Biesla takes responsibility for Leeds United spy at Derby County training

Doug Mendoza
January 12, 2019

Derbyshire Police confirmed on Friday that "a man was found at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to".

After speaking to Bielsa over the phone, and the Argentinian admitting it in an interview prior to the game, boss Frank Lampard suggested Derby would not be making a complaint and would leave the matter in the hands of the authorities. The responsibility for this lies with me.

Leeds United put pre-match controversy to one side to defeat Derby County 2-0 and move five points clear at the top of the Championship.

Asked about Bielsa taking responsibility, Lampard said: "Well that's good, I spoke to him yesterday afternoon myself and he did the same to me so I'm pleased he's done it again and said that".

'What I will say is that we were training the day before the game on team tactics, team shape, personnel, how we are going to press, how we are going to work on the ball, the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training will become very evident, so the person watching sees all of that.

"I have a different point of view but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby County think".

"Without trying to find a justification, I've been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina".

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Frank Lampard's side could not match their hosts' intensity, however, and were behind when Jack Clarke marked his first Championship start with a sublime assist for Kemar Roofe to hammer home from close range.

Nicholas told The Debate: "Are you telling me Frank Lampard, when he was at Chelsea, with team-mates and opposition isn't finding out who's in and out with them? For some people it is the wrong thing, for others it's not".

He said: "I don't agree with it personally, I really don't agree with it".

The statement added: "Officers conducted routine checks which were all above board".

Media reports claimed the man involved was a "spy" sent by Leeds, also alleging he had damaged a fence, though police insisted the latter was untrue.

Mauricio Pochettino said the episode was not a surprise. "There is nothing wrong to try to find information and know a bit more about what the opponents are doing. Not only Marcelo, all the managers were like this", he said. "It is not a big issue or a big deal".

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