'Should void them completely' - Exclusive: Darren Bent left fuming over Leeds news
Darren Bent says that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa should have not been eligible for FIFA’s Fair Play Award after last season’s Spygate saga.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Derby striker says that while allowing the Villans to score against them in the Championship was a “brilliant” display of respect, the off-pitch issues involving the Rams should have left them out the running.
The Whites’ squad, as well as Bielsa, were recognised at FIFA’s football awards on Monday evening with the Fair Play Award for their actions in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
Congratulations, Marcelo Bielsa & @LUFC squad 👏
— #TheBest 🏆 (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019
However, Bent is not impressed with Leeds being handed the award and insists the club’s other behaviour should have also come into consideration.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said: “It surprised me that. Yeah, what he did last season against Aston Villa, I understand that, but when they got caught with the whole Spygate thing and for him to come out and admit he did it to all the different clubs, that kind of voids them in that fair play discussion.
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“What they did against Villa was brilliant, it was really, really respectful but for him to get caught on Derby training and say yeah, we did it but we did it against all the teams we played against, that should void them completely from that fair play discussion. That’s not fair play.”
Leeds were handed a £200,000 fine for their actions during the Spygate saga, with the EFL amending the rules to prevent opposition clubs watching their rivals’ training sessions before a game.
Derby ended up knocking Leeds out of the Championship play-offs, although found themselves beaten by Aston Villa at Wembley.