El loco is proving to be quite the expensive hire for Leeds United.
The English Championship club was fined £200,000 (US$259,000, 229,000 euros) yesterday and reprimanded for spying on their opponents after Marcelo Bielsa's extra-curricular activities caught up with them. The club escaped a points penalty in their quest to be promoted to the Premier League though.
Leeds faced an investigation by the English Football League after the legendary Argentine manager admitted sending someone to spy on Derby at their training ground ahead of a match last month.
The club formally admitted a breach of Regulation 3.4 which states: "In all matters and transactions relating to the League, each Club shall behave towards each other Club and The League with the utmost good faith."
Many were uncertain, however, whether Bielsa had committed a specific offence and the EFL now plan to clarify the situation by introducing a new rule that bans teams from viewing opposition training in the 72 hours immediately before a match, unless invited to do so.
EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey, announcing the punishments against Leeds, said Monday: "The sanctions imposed highlight how actions such as this cannot be condoned and act as a clear deterrent should any club seek to undertake poor conduct in the future.
"We will now look to move on from this incident and commence the discussions about introducing a specific regulation at a meeting with all clubs later this month."
England's governing Football Association added it had issued "formal warnings" against Leeds, Bielsa and an unnamed club video analyst.
Leeds responded to the EFL and FA sanctions by saying: "We accept that whilst we have not broken any specific rule, we have fallen short of the standard expected by the EFL with regards to regulation 3.4.