Millwall manager Neil Harris has slammed Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa over the Argentinian’s spying tactics used in the build-up to the Whites’ clash with Derby County, report South London Press and Mercury.
A man was marched away from the Rams’ training ground on Thursday morning with binoculars and a change of clothes and Bielsa later admitted to sending the man to spy on their opponents.
“In all my years in football I have never seen anything like it,” Harris said.
“I think it is completely disrespectful to other teams and the spirit of the game in this country.
“The fact he doesn’t think he has done anything wrong is disappointing.”
The Whites won the match 2-0 in what was a thoroughly impressive display from the Whites, with goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison sealing the win, but the debate on whether Bielsa was right or wrong to do what he did.
Harris’s side currently sit 20th in the Championship table with 27 matches played, hovering closely to the relegation zone.
A 2-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers at the Den last weekend brought them to within five points of Reading, who occupy the final relegation spot, after the Royals beat Nottingham Forest.
The hyperbole being trotted out surrounding ‘spygate’ is becoming incredibly tedious.
Yes, Bielsa’s actions probably weren’t particularly sporting, but is it really that bad? No, it is not. There is no rule against it. Only the somewhat arrogant regard in which we hold English football is making people lose their minds.
He might do it again, and so what if he does?