Phil LUFC wrote:I disagree. Even with the details from the club charter in your previous post, it's vague and open to interpretation. Bielsa believes he's done not wrong, without those pliers having actually been used how do you prove looking over a fence is against the charter? They could hand out a punishment we choose to accept I guess but if we were to contest it there's little chance of it being resolved before the summer - at that point we'd be looking at a future fine.
The EFL need to be very careful before handing out points deductions, pretty much the only reason Brum haven't had theirs yet. The finances involved are beyond what the EFL can reasonably cover. If they deducted 10 points, we stayed down, then won an appeal at a higher court, we'd legitimately be able to sue the EFL for ~£100m lost earnings.
Not withstanding the "it's Leeds, let's make an example" angle, the EFL will be looking for something they can do to placate other clubs whilst avoiding a lengthy battle through the courts. I'm expecting a fine each for Bielsa and the club coupled with a 3 game ban for Bielsa.
The regulation in question is..
Utmost good faith, to league and other clubs.
How is this not in bad faith?
We knew it was wrong, hence change of clothes and pliers.
Hope you're right with sanction
Bielsa clearly doesn't believe it's wrong. If your viewpoint is "everyone does it, don't they?" (Mine isn't, I don't like that we've been doing this) then you could legitimately believe it doesn't contravene "good faith".
The change of clothes is simple - you don't do it with the aim of disrupting training, you go with the aim of learning something without them knowing.
The pliers are the uncomfortable bit, fuck knows the specifics - on what really happened or the legalities.
I think I'm mostly worried of new details coming out, eg actual breaking and entering at other locations, when it turns out we watched West Brom from the canteen and even served their players their lunch to maintain the cover or dug a tunnel to get into Norwich's training ground.