Derby V Leeds United Rocked By Remarkable Training Ground Spy Row

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

The governing body said it would look into allegations made by Derby that a man spoken to by officers with Derbyshire police on Thursday morning is on the payroll at Leeds.

Derby manager Frank Lampard suspended training and the Football Association are investigating the incident.

Derby County midfielder Mason Mount has warned Leeds United that results suggest the Rams have extra desire to punch above their weight when they are playing away from home.

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".

Here's the full transcript of his interview on Sky Sports...

The Rams have made a positive start under Frank Lampard so far, with 43 points from 26 Championship games.

The day before the two teams' Championship encounter at Elland Road on Friday, police were called to Derby's training centre after growing concerned with the behaviour of a man outside the premises.

"The man responsible for this incident was me". I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina. "This is not unlawful, we've done it publicly, we talk about it in the press, for some people it's the wrong thing to do - for others it's not". "For some people it is the wrong thing, for others it's not".

Derby are now eight points behind Leeds ahead of Friday night's match, and lost the corresponding fixture at the start of the season 4-1 at Pride Park.

Derby boss Frank Lampard said: "At least, on a sportsman's level, it's bad in my opinion". If we are going to talk about culturally and say I did it somewhere else and it's fine, I don't believe that. It has disrupted our build-up for this game.

"Leeds can beat you 4-1 because they are a fantastic team, but they had someone in the bushes that day".

"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".

Manager Frank Lampard stopped training until the incident had been resolved. Police had to come to the training ground, so that was disruptive. The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it has been this time.

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