Sky Bet Championship side Derby County have issued a statement regarding the news that police had to remove a suspected spy from the training ground on Thursday morning.
Police were called to the Rams’ training ground Moor Farm on Thursday morning after an individual was seen at the perimeter fence of the training complex – Derbyshire Police tweeted later on in the afternoon that they had successfully caught the individual, of whom has now been confirmed as a member of Leeds United’s footballing staff.
The two sides meet at Elland Road on Friday night, in what is shaping up a huge game in the Sky Bet Championship – Leeds currently sit at the top of the league, five places above Derby who occupy the final place in the play-off positions, so a huge three points is up for grabs for both sides.
But after Leeds seemingly tried to get an upper edge on the Rams, the latter have now released a statement saying: “Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre at around 11:20am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises.”
“It has since been confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club – the club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident.”
Leeds go into the fixture on the back of two successive defeats, with 2nd place Norwich City facing promotion rivals West Brom on Saturday afternoon – Derby are currently four points clear of Nottingham Forest in 7th position, after one win in their last five games.
This is hugely bizarre, but very embarrassing from a Leeds perspective.
What does this say about their pre-match preparations for such a big game?
I’d feel concerned if I was a Leeds fan.