Garry Monk has spoken out on the spy-tactics which Leeds United used in the build-up to their 2-0 victory over Derby County last Friday.
A training session at Derby’s training ground was halted a day before the game and a Leeds employee was questioned by police. No arrests were made though the Football Association are currently investigating the issue.
Monk prefers to see the comical side as well as the dark side of what happened.
“First of all the normal reaction is the comical side of it, someone rustling around in the bushes and trying to spy. I don’t really see the benefit of that,” he said, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
“There’s the other side, the ethical side and what we do over here. We like to think it’s fair sportsmanship in this country and we don’t like to see any of that.
“It’s not the right thing to do, it’s not ethical.
“I suppose it’s more disappointing to hear something like that from such an experienced manager and such a world class manager as he is.
“Once the comical value wears off, in this country we don’t see those things as the right things to do.”
Spying on a team to find out important information is certainly unprofessional behaviour by modern day sporting standards. If Leeds are indeed found guilty of having spied on the Rams, then action could be taken against them and they could be penalised.
Whites boss Marcelo Biesla took full responsibility for what happened.
The South American said that Leeds would take full responsibility for what happened if they are slapped with sanctions. However, he did stop short of saying that his side will not use the same tactics again.
“I’m not trying to justify anything,” Bielsa said, as quoted by The Independent.
“I’ve just explained why I feel I’m not a person who cheats and why I accept any reaction this behaviour creates.
“Things are as English football says. I have to respect the habits and traditions of this country.
“I would accept any sanction the club takes against me and any sanction the federation takes against me, and also the judgment of Derby County.
“This episode affects me. Of course the win is important. The only thing I’m going to apologise for is to have contaminated a football game with this subject.
“If I was a child, I would say I won’t do it again, but I wouldn’t feel right responding like this and would lose credibility.
“I won’t say that I won’t do it again. It’s a childish position to answer like that.”
Leeds went on to claim a morale-boosting 2-0 victory through goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison.
The Yorkshire giants now have a four point advantage over second placed Sheffield United on the English second-tier standings. They remain on course to win an automatic promotion spot and advance to the top-flight for the first time since 2004.