Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has reportedly banned Sky Sports from entering Elland Road ahead of the televised clash between Leeds and Derby County on Tuesday night, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

As a result of months of criticism towards the broadcasting company from the Italian, Cellino has told Elland Road staff to prevent Sky employees from entering the ground ahead of the game.

Sky Sports usually set up for games around 24 hours in advance, but the Evening Post reports that they were denied access into Leeds’ ground on Monday afternoon.

Leeds are due to receive a fee of around £100,000 from Sky for the clash with Derby, on top of revenue that is paid on a seasonal-basis by the League for clubs put on television.

The Whites have already been selected for 11 television games shown on Sky Sports, and Cellino argues that this is costing them revenue and is affecting home attendances.

The Football League told the Yorkshire Evening Post that “the League has been made aware that Sky personnel have been unable to access Elland Road today as previously arranged.

“We have contacted Leeds United to remind the club of its obligations to our broadcast partner and to ask them for their observations.

“As yet, we have not received a response from anyone in authority at the club, but are hopeful that the matter can be resolved swiftly once the club does engage.”

The fixture itself is not in doubt, but it is unclear if the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.


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