FA to investigate allegations Leeds sent 'spy' to Derby training

FA to investigate allegations Leeds sent 'spy' to Derby training

FA to investigate allegations Leeds sent 'spy' to Derby training

"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", reads the statement.

Derby County have very much been the nearly-men of the Championship over the past few years, often falling at the final hurdles keeping them from returning to the Premier League. "The responsibility of this is me, I am responsible, there is some precision that I need to give".

Tonight, the FA said: "We are aware of the incident at Derby County's training ground and we will be investigating the matter".

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Derby boss Frank Lampard said: "At least, on a sportsman's level, it's bad in my opinion".

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

'We had somebody [spy on us] the first game we played against them, which we lost 4-1. If we are going to talk about culturally and say I did it somewhere else and it's fine, I don't believe that.

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'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. "People are going to say I'm trying to make an excuse - but I'm going to speak like this after the game win, lose or draw". The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it has been this time.

Earlier a Derbyshire Police statement had confirmed a man was removed from a position near the club's training ground.

Jermaine Jenas has suggested Leeds United should be hit with a points deduction after manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending someone from the club to spy on Derby County's training session on Thursday.

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'Because if preparation and tactics are not part of the game, and not so sacred that you can work in your own training ground, then I think they're lucky managers because they must be'.

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

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