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Marcelo Bielsa last night sensationally confessed that he ordered someone to spy on Derby County.

The Leeds boss admitted that he told a member of staff to watch Derby’s training session – and claimed he did not inform the Elland Road top brass what he was doing.

That led to Jenas suggesting Leeds should be deducted points – but Sutton wasn’t having any of it.

“It’s not worse than diving,” Sutton raged on Saturday Morning Savage.

“Jermaine Jenas talked about them getting deducted points Come on Jermaine! You’re better than that.”

Alongside Sutton on the show was former Premier League boss Tim Sherwood, who joked: “It’s something which is foreign to us all.

“We wouldn’t do it over here and I don’t think anyone else should.

“In the foreign countries, especially South America, it’s common.”

While former Liverpool man Steve McManaman joked: “You can spy every day at Melwood. All you have to do is look over the fences!”

Bielsa is now in hot water with the FA, who said: “We are aware of the incident at Derby County’s training ground and we will be investigating the matter.”

Police were called and Lampard had to halt the training session after a suspect with pliers, binoculars and a change of clothes was spotted near a fence. He was driving a car traced to Leeds United.

Bielsa said: “It’s true there was someone from Leeds United. I am responsible for this incident. It doesn’t matter if this legal or illegal or right or wrong.

“It’s enough that Derby and Frank Lampard felt that it was not the right thing to do for me to believe that we didn’t behave well.

“I didn’t ask the club of Leeds United for permission to do it. I’ve been using this kind of practice since the qualifications of the World Cup for Argentina.”

Angry Derby boss Lampard hit back: “On a sportsman’s level it’s bad, in my opinion.”

Leeds won the Friday night clash 2-0.



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