Derby claim training ground ‘spy’ stopped by police was Leeds employee

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Derby County claim that a man stopped by police at the perimeter fence of their training ground on Thursday is an employee of Leeds United, their next opponents.

Championship leaders Leeds host sixth-placed Derby on Friday (LIVE on ESPN+, 2:40 pm ET), but the build-up to the match has been dominated by reports that a person was arrested for cutting a hole in the fence and spying on the final prematch training session for Frank Lampard’s side.

Derbyshire Police issued a statement denying those reports, but did confirm that “a man was found at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to.”

However, Derby subsequently released statement insisting that their privacy was breached by a member of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa’s staff.

Frank Lampard has said it will take time for a new-look Derby to gel.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard’s training session was reportedly spied upon.

A club statement read: “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.”

Leeds, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2004, go into the game two points clear of second-placed Norwich at the top of the Championship. Derby were in sixth place, eight points behind Leeds, heading into the trip to Elland Road.

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