‘In­tegrity’ talk promised over Utd spy claims

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

LEEDS UNITED’S boss has promised to speak to head coach Marcelo Bielsa about stan­dards of “in­tegrity and hon­esty”, after mak­ing a for­mal apol­ogy to Derby County in the wake of the spy­ing saga that dom­i­nated Fri­day night’s game at El­land Road.

United chair­man An­drea Radriz­zani apol­o­gised in face-to­face dis­cus­sions with Derby owner Mel Mor­ris after it emerged that a man stopped by po­lice out­side Derby’s train­ing ground on Thurs­day was a mem­ber of Bielsa’s staff.

Derby ac­cused Leeds of at­tempt­ing to spy on a train­ing ses­sion held by man­ager Frank Lam­pard 24 hours be­fore the game on Fri­day, and Bielsa ad­mit­ted at the end of Leeds’ 2-0 win over the Rams that he per­son­ally au­tho­rised the scout­ing trip.

But he said he had em­ployed the prac­tice of covert scout­ing in other coun­tries with­out com­plaint. The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent. Mean­while, United said it would hold talks with Bielsa and his back­room team in the com­ing days to dis­cuss the con­tro­versy.

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