Derby County contact Leeds United over spying claims

Rex Christensen
January 11, 2019

The tie takes place at Elland Road with kick-off set for 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

"Yesterday I talked for Frank Lampard and he told me that, for him, I didn't respect the fair play rules".

Police confirmed officers were called to the training ground and a man was spoken to at the perimeter fence.

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

Derby are now in sixth position, while Leeds are league leaders just eight points ahead. "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's the wrong thing to do and for other people, it's not the wrong thing to do". We were training on team tactics, shape, personnel and the fact that Harry Wilson wasn't training.

'I think it makes it easier to deal with, because at least on a sportsman's level it's bad in my opinion. "It has disrupted our buildup to this game".

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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 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. How you prepare the team is vitally important and we haven't been able to do that on Friday.

I don't care if it's cultural. The man was asked to leave but it wasn't followed up like it has been this time. If I travel ever - if I'm lucky enough to do well and possibilities come up later on in my managerial career - I will find out what the etiquette is in that country and I will abide by it.

"That's good. He said the same to me, so I'm pleased", said the Derby manager. The pliers were reportedly used to access the training ground.

"I don't think we need to [investigate], because he's admitted it so it's easily dealt with".

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.

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