The Football League has stated that Leeds United will be charged with misconduct and face sanctions if they refuse to grant Sky access to Elland Road ahead of Tuesday night’s television game against Derby County, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Reports emerged on Monday night that owner Massimo Cellino had instructed Elland Road staff to refuse entry to any of Sky’s employees.
Sky Sports usually allow 24 hours before kick-off to set up for a televised fixture, but as of Tuesday morning they have still not been granted access, and Leeds are not intending to reverse the decision.
The Football League have confirmed that the fixture will go ahead regardless of if it is broadcast live on television.
In a statement to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the League confirmed that “under Football League regulations, clubs are required to provide access to the League’s broadcasting partners for the purpose of setting up and filming any matches that are selected for transmission.
“Failure to do so will lead to a club being charged with misconduct with the matter being referred to an independent Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC).
“The FDC has a full range of sanctions at its disposal.”
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.