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Derby: ‘Spy’ was Leeds United employee

Derby County say a suspected spy removed from the perimeter of the club’s training ground by police was a Leeds United employee.

Police attended Derby’s training ground on Thursday after a man was seen at the perimeter fence of the Moor Farm complex, as Frank Lampard’s squad prepared to play Leeds on Friday night, live on Sky Sports.

The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident.

Contrary to newspaper reports, Sky Sports News understands Derby have not yet made an official complaint to the EFL.

An EFL Spokesman said: “We are aware of the reports in relation to an incident at the training ground of Derby County. It is, of course, up to Derby County as to how they progress this matter but as of yet we have received no complaint or contact from the Club.”

Derbyshire Police tweeted to say they had located and removed the man amid suspicion he was attempting to spy on Lampard’s team.

Lampard had to temporarily stop his training session.

The tweet from the Derby Response Unit of Derbyshire Constabulary read: “Officers have just attended the Training Ground for @dcfcofficial after a suspicious male was seen at the perimeter fence.

“Excellent searching conducted and male was located. All checks above board!

“Keeping the team safe to bring home a win against #LUFC on 11th! #SpyingIsCheating.”

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