It just had to be done. Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich celebrated the 2-0 win over Derby County with a binoculars gesture in some incredible shithousery at the end of the game.
The build-up to Friday night’s Championship clash was marred by reports that a member of Leeds’ coaching staff was acting suspiciously outside Derby’s training ground on Thursday.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa was then quizzed on the situation and he admitted to sending someone to observe Derby’s training, saying: “It’s true there was someone from Leeds United. The responsibility for this lies with me. I’m responsible.”
Leeds would then go on to beat the Rams 2-0 at Elland Road, with goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison seeing them extend their lead at the top of the Championship to five points before Norwich play.
And while none of the goal celebrations had any link to spying, Polish international Klich more than made up for it post-match.
You can’t help but admire it from Klich. Utterly wonderful.
The well-travelled Bielsa owned up for the ‘spying scandal’, apologising to Derby boss Frank Lampard but also revealing it’s not anything new to him.
“Yesterday I talked to Frank Lampard and he told me I didn’t respect the fair play rules,” the Argentine told Sky Sports.
“I have a different point of view but the important thing is what Frank Lampard and Derby County think. I didn’t ask permission from Leeds United to do it so it’s my responsibility.
“Without trying to find a justification, I’ve been using this kind of practice since the qualifications for the World Cup with Argentina.”
Chelsea and England legend Lampard appreciated the apology but did not take kindly to the whole situation in his interview prior to the game.
“At least, on a sportsman’s level, it’s bad in my opinion,” he said speaking to Sky Sports.
“If we’re going to start talking about ‘culturally, I did it somewhere else’ – that doesn’t work for me.
“If I’m lucky enough to do well and travel to another country I’ll find out what the etiquette is in that country and abide by that.
“It’s disrupted our build-up to this game. People are going to say I’m trying to make an excuse – but I’m going to speak like this after the game win, lose or draw.”
(h/t BBC Sport)