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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has slammed FIFA’s decision to hand Leeds boss Marco Bielsa a fair play award.
Bielsa admitted snooping on Lampard’s training sessions when he was Derby manager in the infamous ‘spygate’ scandal last season but that incident didn’t stop FIFA from awarding Bielsa a fair play award this week.
Bielsa admitted recruiting a member of his staff to watch Lampard train his Derby team before the two sides met.
The Argentinian was rewarded for ordering his Leeds defence to let rivals Aston Villa equalise last season because his team scored while an opposing player was injured.
Lampard said: “Spygate attracted a lot of news and rightly so. It got dealt with in the right way, so when you go and give an award for fair play in the same year, then I don’t think it’s right.
“I did smile. I don’t know who votes for it. Who votes for it? Everyone knows what happened with spygate is well documented. The rules changed slightly because of it and they were fined.
“I felt it was improper, I don’t have to say that any more. To get a fair play award off the back of that, I thought it was ironic at first.”