Frank Lampard insisted he would rather quit coaching than employ the ‘spying’ tactics used by opposite number Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Derby’s 2-0 defeat at Leeds.
The build-up to the Sky Bet Championship match was overshadowed after a man was caught outside Derby’s training ground on Thursday.
Derbyshire Police were forced to intervene and it transpired the man was an employee of Leeds who was watching a training session.
Bielsa spoke to Lampard over the phone to accept full responsibility for the incident but the former England midfielder was still unhappy with the pre-match distraction after goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured Leeds a welcome win.
“We lost to the better team from minute one to minute 90 whatever,” said Lampard, who joked the Football Association should reverse the three points. “There’s no talking around that.
“I’m in a difficult position because I want to draw a line between the performance and the bigger story of what happened.
“Of course I don’t think it’s right and I’m not sure anyone who’s played sport at any level would think it’s right. If it’s a cultural thing I’m very surprised because I don’t think it’s right.
“Cheating is a big word. If you talk about details and gaining advantages, great and good managers do that. But this one is over the line. It’s not just a toe over the line, it’s a hop, skip and a jump over the line.