Man Utd legend Rooney and Derby team-mates give champions Leeds guard of honour despite last season's Bielsa Spygate row

WAYNE ROONEY led Derby's guard of honour for Championship champs Leeds 18 months after the infamous 'Spygate' saga.

Last season Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa sent a member of staff to Derby's training ground in a covert operation.


It led to the Yorkshire club, who will be back playing in the Premier League after 16 seasons away, being fined £200,000 and given a formal reprimand. 

The EFL launched their probe into the scandal after Bielsa had already admitted he spies on all his opponents.

EFL chiefs wrote to the Elland Road club “requesting their observations” after Derby officials spotted the Leeds representative with his binoculars out.

Leeds boss Bielsa held his hands up before the game, which his side won 2-0, and admitted he was responsible.

The Argentine appeared to think it was no big deal, despite the angry response of Derby chief Frank Lampard.

The Rams got the ultimate revenge, as they defeated Leeds over two legs in the play-offs.

They lost to Aston Villa 2-1 in the final however.

Today at Pride Park Rooney, who of course played for Leeds' bitter rivals Manchester United, was forced to respect the champions' achievement.

Leeds were promoted in the week after West Brom fell to a shock 2-1 loss at Huddersfield.

Then on Saturday Brentford were similarly stung at Stoke to confirm Leeds as champions.

 

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