LEEDS will rap Marcelo Bielsa for sending spies to watch Derby training sessions before Friday’s 2-0 win.
The Argentinian said yesterday that he “took responsibility” for the member of his club’s staff that was seen acting suspiciously at the the Rams’ training ground on Thursday.
And after a backlash from footballing authorities, Leeds have issued an official statement on their website, in which it is made clear that they are unhappy with the 63-year-old.
The statement reads: “Following comments made by Marcelo Bielsa yesterday 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.”
It continues: “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.”
Police were called to Derby’s training ground when a man was reported to be acting suspiciously at the perimeter fence.
The man was spoken to, but no arrest was made.
Championship leaders Leeds beat Frank Lampard’s side 2-0 at Elland Road last night, and before the game Bielsa had admitted his involvement in the incident.
He said: “It’s true there was someone from Leeds United. The responsibility for this lies with me. I’m responsible.”
He added: “Without trying to find a justification, I’ve been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup in Argentina.”
The FA have announced they will be investigating the incident.