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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has responded to Frank Lampard’s criticism of the FIFA fair play award he received recently.
According to Lampard, Bielsa should never have been given the fair play award after the Leeds boss sent a spy to observe a Derby training session while Lampard was still in charge of the Championship club.
“I think everyone had the same reaction because spygate attracted a lot of news and I think quite rightly so,” said Lampard.
“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, to be straight.
“I did smile. I don’t know 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 anymore.
“To get a fair play award off the back of that, I thought it was irony at first.”
Bielsa has now responded to Lampard by saying, as quoted on The Athletic: “Lampard understands that the fact we observed training is not enough not to recognise what happened against Aston Villa.
“It’s what he thinks. I understand him. I respect him.”