Derby County: Leeds United contacted over training ground 'spy'

Derby manager Frank Lampard

Friday night's big Championship clash between Derby County and Leeds United has been rocked with the news a "spy" was escorted off Derby's training ground prior to the game.

Derbyshire Police said the man was found "at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to".

A club statement said: "It has since been confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club".

Derby County manager Lampard was forced to stop training on Thursday morning after it emerged a man in plain clothes was watching their session with binoculars before police were called to the scene.

The statement added: "Officers conducted routine checks which were all above board".

Derbyshire Police took to Twitter to confirm the incident, saying that no damage was done and no arrests were made.

Enquiries will continue today (Friday) and the identity of the intruder will become clearer, as will if he has any links to Leeds or any other Championship clubs.

The English Football League have told the BBC that it is a matter for the two clubs to resolve.

Derby occupy the final playoff place in sixth, but can close to within three points of automatic promotion with a win at Elland Road.

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