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Jermaine Jenas suggests a punishment for Leeds United, reacts to Pochettino's comments

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas working for BT Sport television media before the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan at...

Leeds United have sparked controversy over 'Spygate'.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas working for BT Sport television media before the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan at...

Pundit Jermaine Jenas has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Leeds United should receive a heavy fine for the recent Spygate scandal.

Leeds beat Derby County 2-0 at Elland Road on Friday night, with Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison both finding the net for Bielsa's side.

However, the game was shrouded in controversy, as a Leeds member of staff was caught attempting to spy on Derby's training session – something Bielsa has admitted that he ordered.

 

Derby boss Frank Lampard was, unsurprisingly, unimpressed with Bielsa's underhand tactics, especially as his side lost – though in truth, Leeds were far superior anyway.

Many have now had their say on Bielsa's antics, as he seemingly believes that such actions are acceptable in Argentina, but has now maybe realised that it's not quite that way in England.

Some have called for heavy punishment, but Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino – who has been close with Bielsa for many many years – suggested to The Independent that it's not a big deal and has been going on in Argentina for decades.

Now, pundit Jermaine Jenas has reacted to Pochettino's comments by suggesting that spying on other teams should be left in Argentina, branding the actions 'disgusting'.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa watches on during the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 11, 2019 in Leeds,...

Jenas added that at first, he wanted a points deduction for Leeds, but now believes a heavy fine would be the right punishment to try and stop Bielsa doing it again, even questioning Bielsa's managerial abilities in a shock admission for a manager sitting top of the Championship table.

“I'm not naive enough to think other people have not done it over the years and tried to get information on starting line-ups, set-pieces or whatever, but to put someone up to the job and for them to get caught by the police, and then you stand there and say you don't really care. It's disgusting,” said Jenas. From listening to Mauricio Pochettino's comments, it's obviously something common in Argentina. I would rather it stay there. That's not how we do it in the English league.”

“It makes you question Bielsa's abilities a little bit too. He is obviously a good coach because of the way he gets his team to go out there and perform. Why not leave it at that? A slap on the wrists would surely not be enough to stop him doing it again. My initial reaction was to hit Leeds with a points deduction but, on reflection, I feel a heavy fine would be a better punishment.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 11, 2019 in Enfield, England.

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