Derby County: Leeds United contacted over training ground 'spy'

Lynette Rowe
January 11, 2019

Derby County have accused Leeds United of spying on their training ground after a man was escorted away from the perimeter fence by police.

"It doesn't matter if this is legal, illegal, right or wrong, for me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby County felt it was not the right thing to do". Yesterday I talked to Frank and he told me I didn't respect his club.

The FA is to investigate the incident after a member of Leeds' staff was seen acting suspiciously outside Derby's training ground on Thursday.

"There is some precisions that I need to give".

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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'.

Derby travel to Championship leaders Leeds in a crucial top-of-the-table clash on Friday night and the local constabulary put out a tweet saying '#spyingischeating' after the incident.

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The club says they are in discussions with Leeds over the incident. I have been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina.

"On a sportsman's level, it's bad".

"If we're going to start talking about "culturally I did it somewhere else and it was fine", then that doesn't work for me", he said.

'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.

"Leeds can beat you 4-1 because they are a fantastic team, but they had someone in the bushes that day". People will stand here and say I'm trying to make excuses before the game, I will speak like this after the game as well, win, lose or draw because of what's happened'.

Earlier a Derbyshire Police statement had confirmed a man was removed from a position near the club's training ground. We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training.

'We had somebody [spy on us] the first game we played against them, which we lost 4-1.

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