Gary Neville has told Sky Sports that clubs should begin broadcasting training sessions to supporters – but Leeds United fans have reacted in a shocked manner, given last season’s scandal which has branded ‘Spygate’.
Leeds were slapped with an enormous £200,000 fine after Marcelo Bielsa was caught sending a spy to watch Derby County’s training sessions just hours before the Whites took on Frank Lampard’s former side.
It swept world football off of its feet. Jermaine Jenas called for a points deduction, while plenty of other pundits criticised Bielsa. The Argentine then showcased one of football’s best ever press conferences, explaining his pre-match analysis.
Manchester United and England icon Neville told Sky Sports on Monday that he believes Premier League clubs and indeed other sides further down the footballing pyramid should broadcast sessions to supporters.
“You’ve got half an hour of each training session that might be patterns of play, shooting and crossing, passing , possession bits, warm-ups,” Neville said. “Why can’t that be something that fans dial into? It would get the fans closer to the players.”
The EFL promised to make a rule, on the back of Leeds being caught spying on Derby’s sessions, that prevented training sessions from being viewed within 72 hours of the club’s next match.
So Leeds fans reacted to the news that Neville had claimed training sessions should be broadcasted to fans, by suggesting that it would cost £200,000 for fans to view it and that Leeds were fined for exactly the suggestion Neville is making.
Charge 200k a year for it
— All Phil Aren't We 💙💛 (@efl_is_corrupt) August 19, 2019
Let’s not upset frank lampard again eh
— morgs (@IAMMORGANTAYLOR) August 19, 2019
Use have a cheek to give out about spygate if this is the case
— Eddie (@Eddie57054352) August 19, 2019
No, you get £200k fines for that.
— Jamie (@LUFCjamie1919) August 19, 2019
Sky baffle me! You made such a fuss of spygate and gave a platform for countless managers, players and pundits to voice there disgust about it. But now it’s fine, hell…. we’ll even broadcast it for everyone to watch. Why not!!
— Paul McCormack (@lennon303) August 20, 2019
Will the fans get a 200k fine for spying on training sessions then?
— Fishy boi (@Faze_Tuna) August 19, 2019
Wonder what Bielsa would say…👀
— Jonny Quinton (@JonnyQ88) August 19, 2019