Some Leeds United supporters are enraged by a statement released by their forthcoming opponents, Derby County, on Friday.
The two clubs clashed earlier this year when Derby accused Leeds of spying on one of their training sessions ahead of their January meeting at Elland Road.
The Whites were later fined £200,000 by the English Football League, after an investigation concluded that while they did not actually break any rules they failed to act in 'good faith'.
Derby have since caused a controversy of their own, after essentially selling their Pride Park stadium to themselves to circumvent the league's Profit & Sustainability regulations.
But the Rams insisted earlier on Friday that they have 'adhered to the rules' and cannot be accused by the EFL of breaching them, as the organisation deals with legal action from another Championship side, Middlesbrough.
And their statement has not been well received by the following Leeds fans...
So what you’re saying is essentially “nur nur nur nur nur, some moron at the EFL let us break the rules so it’s too late to do anything about it”? I spy a hypocrite.— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) September 20, 2019
Acted in bad faith. Minimum £2 million fine I thinks— M W (@mewebb1) September 20, 2019
Ahh... suddenly “broke no rules” is acceptable. Where’s the moral outrage? Where are the police? Where’s Frank with tears in his eyes?— Dirty Leeds ¡Carajo! (@DirtyLeedsFC) September 20, 2019
The EFL made rules up to punish #lufc for “Breaking no rules”...
Broke no rules eh? £200,000 fine for that these days SUCKAS!!— Lieutenant Cool (@LieutenantCool) September 20, 2019
Not really in the spirit of the game though is it. Surely you should be fined at a minimum. Who cares if you haven’t broken a rule, it’s just not what we do here in English football!— Matt Cowan (@mattcowan86) September 20, 2019
Erm this sounds familiar but apparently we broke rules to you guys hypocrites— Paul Milner (@paulmilner365) September 20, 2019
I don’t quite get Derby fans’ joy at this. Releasing a statement that basically says “you said it was fine so you can’t do anything now” hardly sounds positive or convincing... having said that I doubt either set of fans really cares about the EFL’s mess, just 3 points tomorrow— Will S (@willdsenior) September 20, 2019
There was no rule for standing on a footpath and watching football yet we got fined 200k.......don't hold your breath.....hopefully you can still get done— Paul Brace (@PaulBrace7) September 20, 2019
Leeds broke no rules with #SpyGate but fined £200,000 so same punishment should be given out to yourselves for being immoral and "NOT KEEPING GOOD FAITH"— Andrew Ward (@AJW1978) September 20, 2019
Derby return to Leeds - the ground at which they progressed to last season's play-off final - on Saturday lunchtime.
The Whites are currently 18 places and nine points ahead of the Rams.
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