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Leeds United fined £200k and reprimanded by EFL over Bielsa 'spygate' affair

The panel react to Marcelo Bielsa's admission that he and his Leeds United staff have observed their opponents' training sessions.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa admits to having watched the training sessions of all of his team's opponents this season.

Championship club Leeds United have been fined £200,000 and reprimanded over a 'spying' controversy earlier this month, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday.

Leeds Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted last month that his staff had watched all the club's opponents in training this season after a spy was removed from Derby County's training ground the day before their second-tier clash.

Following Derby's 2-0 defeat at Elland Road, the EFL launched a formal investigation into...

Football League delays decision on Leeds United 'spying' controversy

The English Football League (EFL) delayed a decision on the Leeds United "spygate" controversy on Friday as it continues to investigate and seek clarification in a number of areas.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted last month that his coaching staff had watched all of their opponents in training this season after one of them was removed from Derby County's training ground the day before their Championship clash.

Following Derby's 2-0 defeat at Elland Road, the EFL launched a formal investigation...

Middlesbrough sign former Nigeria star John Obi Mikel on short-term deal

Middlesbrough have signed former Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on a short-term deal in an effort to help them gain promotion to the Premier League.

Mikel, 31, arrives at the Riverside Stadium as a free agent after leaving China's Tianjin Teda at the end of the Chinese Super League season in November.

He rose to prominence during an 11-year stint with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.

He also won the African Nations Cup in...

Ashley Cole signs for ex-Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Derby

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Ashley Cole has completed a move to play under former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard at Championship side Derby.

Cole, who left LA Galaxy in November and has been a free agent since, has returned to English football after a four-and-a-half year absence.

"For me, it was a no-brainer," Cole said on Derby's YouTube channel. "Of course, I've kept in touch with Lamps [Lampard], to see how good the team has been playing and followed Derby since Lamps got here.

"For me, it was a no-brainer to...

Marcelo Bielsa: Leeds have 'observed' all opponents, but nothing 'illegal'

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa said on Wednesday his staff had been watching all the club's opponents in training this season, after the English Football League (EFL) launched a formal investigation into the "spygate" controversy.

"In a few words I can tell you we observed all the rivals we played against and we watched all the training sessions of the opponents before we played against them," Bielsa told reporters.

Derby County had complained to the EFL that Bielsa sent a spy to their training...