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Exclusive: Sky Sports pundit issues his verdict on Leeds United and the spygate scandal



Leeds United boss, Marcelo Bielsa has been at the centre of a ‘spygate’ scandal recently, with fans and pundits across the world weighing in with their verdict on the matter. 

Sky Sports pundit, Danny Higginbotham is the latest man to issue his thoughts on the well documented story that has seen it detract away from Leeds’ impressive start to the season.

In an exclusive interview with FLW’s Jacob Potter, the pundit admitted that he did feel the spying from Bielsa’s team did give them an unfair advantage.

“I think that it was wrong for Bielsa to do what he did.

“I was covering the game for Sky and it did give them an unfair advantage, and I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”

But the former Manchester United defender feels that talk of a potential reversal in result, is absolutely ludicrous, and claims they simply cannot do that under any circumstances.

“We have to be careful that we don’t get carried away in terms of saying about possible points deductions and reversing the result.

“Because if you do that, and Bielsa’s come out and said that he’s watched everybody then what do we do then? Are all of the other teams going to come back and say, well we want our result reversed?”

But when the news first broke, Higginbotham admitted that he wasn’t surprised to see his in depth analysis broadcast to the footballing world in a recent press conference.

“Bielsa’s attention to detail is magnificent, one of the things I would say is that his analysis will be eye-opening to journalists, but this is common for footballers, and I wasn’t surprised to see the depth of the analysis he undertakes.

“You have to draw a line under it, but these things happen, so you implement a role and if there’s a punishment, there isn’t any need for it to be too extreme.”

But Higginbotham was quick to reiterate that this latest scandal shouldn’t take the credit away from Bielsa who has been hugely impressive in his first managerial spell in England.

“It was wrong for him to do it, but his attention to detail that has overstepped the mark in this instance, but one thing that can’t be clouded is the season that Leeds United are having, they’ve been nothing short of exceptional.”

Leeds will be hoping to focus with matters on the pitch when they take on Stoke City this weekend, where Bielsa’s side can go seven points clear if results go their way.

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Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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