The English Football League (EFL) has asked Leeds United for their observations amid the spying scandal engulfing the Championship leaders.Marcelo Bielsa has admitted sending a member of Leeds’ staff to spy on Derby County training ahead of last weekend’s meeting between the clubs.The Football Association is investigating the incident while Leeds released a statement reminding Bielsa of his responsibilities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Leeds have been asked to explain the incident by the EFL, which suggested the club may have broken its regulations.”The decision to progress this matter to a formal investigation comes as a result of the club’s manager, Marcelo Bielsa, admitting to instructing an individual to undertake the acts being complained of in a television interview broadcast on Sky Sports on Friday 11 January 2019,” the EFL said.”The Football Association has also confirmed they are considering the same matter in line with its own rules and the EFL will work with its FA counterparts to ensure that any potential action taken does not prejudice those investigations being undertaken.”The #EFL has today written to @LUFC requesting their observations in regard to an incident that took place in the vicinity of @dcfcofficial’s training ground.https://t.co/Av0pXjSCdU pic.twitter.com/cBNAtmFQfn— EFL (@EFL) January 15, 2019Derby boss Frank Lampard, whose side lost 2-0 at Leeds, has hit out at Bielsa over the incident.”It wasn’t an apology, it was an admission,” he told reporters. “It wasn’t peeking over a fence, it was on hands and knees with pliers in hand.”Now it is about how much the League or FA decide they want to stop what happened going forward – or if they don’t. Maybe other clubs will copy it if it is not dealt with.”
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TORONTO — Shoppers can expect their local Target Canada stores to begin knocking down prices starting Thursday, after the retailer received court approval to begin liquidating its stock.Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of Ontario Superior Court gave the company the go ahead following a hearing Wednesday involving dozens of lawyers representing the retailer, landlords and suppliers.[np_storybar title=”Pride took down a giant: How Target’s corporate hubris was its Canadian undoing” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/15/theresa-tedesco-pride-took-down-a-giant-how-targets-corporate-hubris-was-its-canadian-undoing/”%5DRarely has there been a company to enter this country with more brand recognition than Target had. Canadian shoppers accustomed to cross-border shopping waited with great anticipation for its arrival in March 2013. All we wanted were U.S.-style Target stores in Canada, slightly retrofitted to adapt to our national idiosyncrasies, namely frugality and politeness. Instead, what we got were empty shelves, higher prices, sketchy customer service, and apologies. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Landlords have expressed concern that Target’s liquidation sales will tarnish the image of their malls and take away business from other retailers who are renting space.“I think all parties are exaggerating,?” Morawetz said.“And I mean that quite sincerely.”Target liquidation sales could start Thursday, retailer seeks court approvalHow Target’s grand reveal of store locations contributed to its demise in CanadaAlready many Target stores have stopped carrying perishables such as milk, eggs and frozen foods, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said.The company is still clearing product out of its distribution centres, she added.In addition to its remaining inventory, Target’s shelving, fixtures and equipment will also be sold.The U.S.-based retailer announced last month that it would close all 133 of its Canadian stores and lay off more than 17,000 staff, just two years after it began opening stores in Canada.Some of those reductions have already happened at its Toronto headquarters where its 770 person staff has been reduced to about 80 people, Snyder said.The company took over old Zellers locations and began to open under the Target banner in Canada for the first time in March 2013, but failed to deliver on customer expectations.