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Paul Gascoigne Has His Say On Leeds United Spying On Derby County

Paul Gascoigne Has His Say On Leeds United Spying On Derby County

Paul Gascoigne is the latest person to have his say on Leeds United after Marcelo Bielsa admitted that he had ordered one of his staff to spy on Derby County ahead of the pairs Championship game on Friday.

The Championship is the most entertaining league in the world, as fans of clubs in that league will often tell you without needing to be asked, and the past few days at Leeds has certainly proved that.

Whether you actually like the football that's been going on in England's second tier is neither here nor there but the film style espionage that went on ahead of Leeds game against Derby County was just wonderful.

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First there was the discovery of a man with binoculars outside of Derby County's training, which led to the session being cancelled, then the discovery he was a Leeds United employee and finally manager Marcelo Bielsa just nonchalantly and happily admitting it was him.

The outrage from some fans against the Championship leaders and their manager was wonderful and a little over the top, after all it's not technically against the rules even if it is morally ambiguous.

Now even Gazza has had his say and, in his own way, has defended what Leeds did:

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Speaking after the match, which Leeds won 3-0, Bielsa wasn't exactly apologetic and admitted that he'd done it before saying, "It doesn't matter if it's legal or illegal or right or wrong. For me it's enough that Frank Lampard and Derby felt it was not the right thing to do.

"Without trying to find any form of justification, I have been using this practice since the [2002] World Cup qualifications with Argentina.

"I'm the only one responsible for it, because I didn't ask for the permission of Leeds to do it."

Bielsa's come under a lot of criticism for his 'tactics.' Image: PA Images
Bielsa's come under a lot of criticism for his 'tactics.' Image: PA Images
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It might not quite be the storyline for the next James Bond film, although I'm definitely going to the cinema to see it if it is, but the Championship has definitely be entertaining this week.

And yeah, I know it doesn't need this silly story to be so but just let me have it.

Topics: Frank Lampard, Football News, Marcelo Bielsa, Derby County, English Football, Leeds United, Play offs, Gazza, championship

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