Derby County owner meets with Leeds counterpart after spy row

Derby County have made an official statement after complaining to the Football League over allegations of a man spying on their training session on Thursday (10 January).

Derbyshire Police were called to the Rams’ training ground with manager Frank Lampard stopping the session while a man was detained.

A statement released by the club said: “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.

“It has since been confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club.

The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident.

At this time no further comment will be made.”

Derby County lost 2-0 to Leeds United on Friday evening (11 January). Before the match, Leed United’s manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted he was responsible for the incident.

A statement by the club said: “Following comments 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 United is built on.

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

“We will make no further comment on this matter.”