The judgement on the “Spygate” scandal was finally delivered, as Leeds United were fined £200,000 and given a stern warning for future offences (via BBC).
Despite being made to pay quite the formidable figure, the Whites will be glad to pay the fine rather than having their points deducted. Their Championship rivals, on the other hand, will be anything but pleased.
Many fans have voiced their displeasure at Leeds being let off easily by the EFL. It was hoped – albeit speculatively – they would have some points deducted, which could’ve helped make the Championship race more competitive. The clubs, who were victims of “Spygate”, will surely have been most displeased because the spying hampered their chances against the Whites.
While there weren’t much grounds for Leeds to have their points deducted, they should’ve been handed a more formidable ban. Be it suspending Marcelo Bielsa, the perpetrator of the whole thing, for a few matches or something else, this fine feels like injustice towards their opponents.
However, Bielsa’s extraordinary revelation a few months ago when he gave a long presentation showcasing how he analyzes each game and isn’t dependent on the “spying” to win matches probably worked in his favour. The Whites now have a hovering worry out of their sight and can finally concentrate towards the last hurdle.
Only a few months remain of the Championship action. With Leeds’ title chances remaining intact, those relying on them being handed a more potent ban will be left worried about how to recharge their own promotion chances.