EFL says it needs more time to continue investigations into Leeds’ ‘Spygate’ conduct

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED The English Football League says it will need more time to finish the investigation concerning the Leeds United ‘Spygate’ incident.United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted to watching all of his side’s rivals in the Championship in training after a member of his staff was caught by Derby last month, prompting the EFL and Football Association to launch an investigation. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow BEST OF 1center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED no dice Bielsa insisted it was his idea to send staff to spy on opponents and not the club’s REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “At its meeting on Friday afternoon, the EFL Board (*excluding representatives of the Championship) considered the matter of the incident in the vicinity of Derby County’s training ground on Thursday, January 10,” the EFL said in a statement.“Following a comprehensive review of all available evidence, it was determined that there remain a number of areas that require further exploration and clarification and these investigations will take place at the earliest opportunity.“An update on this matter will be provided following receipt and analysis of those subsequent enquiries and until this point no further comment will be made.” Derby made a formal complaint to the EFL after a man, later confirmed to be an employee of Leeds, was moved on from the perimeter of their training ground by Derbyshire Police.The incident occurred 24 hours before Leeds beat promotion rivals Derby 2-0 at Elland Road. Bielsa admitted he was behind the spy tactics and had called Derby boss Frank Lampard to accept full responsibility.Bielsa defended his methods, insisting they were not illegal, and called a hastily-arranged media briefing six days later to present his in-depth analysis in the hope of showing his research is so thorough that he gained no advantage from watching Derby train.Derby, Bristol City and Norwich were among 11 Championship clubs to have signed a collective letter sent to the EFL demanding a full inquiry.Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown had called for Leeds to be given a points deduction, while Norwich’s sporting director Stuart Webber said his club wanted clarity from Leeds over their actions, but did not think they should have been punished.Responding to Friday’s EFL statement, Leeds said in a statement on their website: “Leeds United acknowledge the statement made by the EFL this evening regarding an incident at Derby County’s training ground in January.“We understand the EFL’s need to request more time to investigate the complaint further and we will continue to cooperate fully as we look to resolve the matter quickly.”last_img

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