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EFL Fined Leeds United £200,000 Over Spygate Incident

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EFL has fined Leeds United £200,000 and also has cautioned the Championship outfit for the controversial Spy gate incident just before their match with Derby County in January.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa had sent an unknown person to the Derby County training ground who had to be removed by the Police. Leeds later issued a statement apologising for the matter but Frank Lampard’s side lodged an official complaint with the EFL.

It had been expected Bielsa could face a lengthy suspension but following the completion of their investigation EFL have decided not to punish the manager directly.

They are also set to induct a new rule which would bar all clubs from having any kind of viewing of the opposition practice but must take the club’s permission in a bid to avoid such incident.

An EFL statement read: “Leeds United has fully co-operated with the EFL’s inquiries and, following a comprehensive review of all the evidence provided, the club has now formally admitted a breach of Regulation 3.4.

“As a consequence the club has been fined £200,000 (inclusive of a contribution to costs) and received a formal reprimand and warning to the effect that the club’s conduct fell significantly short of the standards expected by the EFL and must not be repeated.”

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