BIELSA FACES FA RAP

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY NEIL GOULDING

MARCELO BIELSA has been slapped down by Leeds over the spy storm that has rocked foot­ball.

Leeds chiefs have re­minded their coach of the im­por­tance of “in­tegrity and hon­esty” after the Ar­gen­tine, 63, ad­mit­ted send­ing a snoop to a Derby train­ing ses­sion be­fore the teams met on Fri­day night.

Leeds owner An­drea Radriz­zani also met his Derby coun­ter­part Mel Mor­ris to apol­o­gise in per­son.

The FA will now in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and Bielsa could face a touch­line ban if the gov­ern­ing body find he is found to have acted ‘out­side the best in­ter­ests of the game’.

Yes­ter­day, Leeds is­sued a state­ment, which read: “The club will look to work with our head coach and his staff to re­mind them of the in­tegrity and hon­esty which are the foun­da­tions that Leeds is built on.

“Our owner, An­drea Radriz­zani (below), has met with Derby County’s owner Mel Mor­ris to for­mally apol­o­gise for Marcelo’s ac­tions.”

Bielsa re­vealed the snoop­ing is a tac­tic he has used be­fore, and Derby man­ager Frank Lam­pard be­lieves some­one spied on his train­ing be­fore the team’s pre­vi­ously met in Au­gust.

Leeds beat Derby 4-1 then, and also won Fri­day’s game 2-0, but Derby goal­keeper Scott Car­son la­belled Bielsa “dis­re­spect­ful” for em­ploy­ing un­sport­ing tac­tics.

Car­son slammed: “It is dis­re­spect­ful. It’s [spy­ing] ob­vi­ously a lib­erty. This is Eng­land. The po­lice just came on to the train­ing ground and said that there was some­one in the bushes.

“They went back around the gate and ev­ery­one heard a lot of shout­ing, but no­body knew what it was.

“The last thing we ex­pected was it to be a Leeds em­ployee who was in the bush. I don’t think other teams and man­agers do that sort of stuff.

“It’s ob­vi­ously some­thing they’ve been do­ing all sea­son, it needs to be looked at. It’s come out that it’s some­thing he’s done be­fore, but in Eng­land not many peo­ple do it, or at least that we know about.

“There’s ob­vi­ously re­spect there from dif­fer­ent clubs and man­agers, but he’s chose to do it and I can’t see too many peo­ple agree­ing with him and say­ing that it’s right.

“He could have been look­ing for any­thing. We were work­ing on stuff and so I’m not sure how much this man has seen. But how of­ten have they [Leeds] done it?”

UN­SPORT­ING: Car­son slammed Bielsa

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