I have been spying on teams since 2001, Leeds coach, Bielsa admits

Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa has refused to rule out using the controversial spy tactics, which marred Leeds’ 2-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Derby County on Friday, in future.

Prior to Friday’s clash, a Leeds employee was caught spying on Derby’s squad during a training session, causing it to be halted and the police called.

Bielsa took full responsibility for the incident prior to the match, in which goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison saw the league leaders take home a comfortable victory.

Afterwards, Bielsa said he would accept any sanctions from the FA, but stopped short of saying he wouldn’t repeat the tactic again.

“I’m not trying to justify anything,” Bielsa said. “I’ve just explained why I feel I’m not a person who cheats and why I accept any reaction this behaviour creates.

“Things are as English football says. I have to respect the habits and traditions of this country. I’ve been doing this since 2001.

“I would accept any sanction the club takes against me and any sanction the federation takes against me, and also the judgment of Derby County.

“This episode affects me. Of course the win is important. The only thing I’m going to apologise for is to have contaminated a football game with this subject.

“If I was a child, I would say I won’t do it again, but I wouldn’t feel right responding like this and would lose credibility.

“I won’t say that I won’t do it again. It’s a childish position to answer like that.”