Football pundit Jermaine Jenas has suggested that Leeds United should be fined after the Whites were allegedly spying on Derby County whom they defeated 2-0 on Friday. The win for Leeds means they get a morale-boost and remain on course to win the Championship title this season and secure automatic promotion to the top-flight for the first time since 2004.
Marcelo Biesla’s side won the game after the likes of Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison managed to find the back of the net.
Derby’s training session a day before the game ended abruptly and a member of staff from Leeds was questioned by police though no arrests have been made.
Derby boss Frank Lampard naturally indicated his disappointment with Leeds spying afterwards, however the Yorkshire giants were far better on the day and probably would have won the game regardless of what happened.
Whites boss Biesla has since insisted that his side will accept sanctions if they are slapped with them by the Football Association. However, the South American did stop short of saying that his club will not repeat such tactics in future.
Biesla seemingly indicated that such tactics are the norm in his homeland of South America though this is not the case in England.
Such actions are viewed as unprofessional sporting conduct in England and if Leeds are found guilty, they can expect to receive heavy sanctions.
Jenas told the Daily Mail:
“I’m not naive enough to think other people have not done it over the years and tried to get information on starting line-ups, set-pieces or whatever, but to put someone up to the job and for them to get caught by the police, and then you stand there and say you don’t really care. It’s disgusting.
“From listening to Mauricio Pochettino’s comments, it’s obviously something common in Argentina. I would rather it stay there. That’s not how we do it in the English league.
“It makes you question Bielsa’s abilities a little bit too. He is obviously a good coach because of the way he gets his team to go out there and perform. Why not leave it at that? A slap on the wrists would surely not be enough to stop him doing it again. My initial reaction was to hit Leeds with a points deduction but, on reflection, I feel a heavy fine would be a better punishment.”