Derby County have released a statement confirming that a man who was spotted acting suspiciously outside their training centre was an employee of Leeds United.
Leeds currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship table with Derby lying eight points behind. The two sides meet in Elland Road tonight.
The Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre yesterday morning following complaints that a man was acting suspiciously.
The police released a statement this morning confirming that no arrests were made.
“Officers were called at around 11.20am on Thursday, January 10, to reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the Derby County training ground on Morley Road, Derby. A man was found at the perimeter fence of Moor Farm and was spoken to.”
“Officers conducted routine checks which were all above board. Despite media reports, no damage to the fence was found, and the man was stopped outside the grounds. No arrests were made and the man was sent on his way.”
The club have since released their own statement maintaining that they are in contact with Leeds United about the incident.
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 11, 2019
“Derby County Football Club can confirm that officers from the Derbyshire Constabulary were called to the Derby County Training Centre at around 11:20am on Thursday 10th January 2019 following reports of a man acting suspiciously outside the premises.”
“It has since been confirmed to Derby County that the individual concerned is an employee of the footballing staff at Leeds United Football Club.”
“The club is now in discussion with Leeds United club officials in relation to this incident.”
“At this time no further comment will be made.”
Leeds were comprehensive 4-1 winners over Frank Lampard’s side when the two teams last met in August. However, they have been struggling with their form of late and have lost their last three games in all competitions.