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Leeds United: Club face sanctions if 'live' Sky game prevented


 
 

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is nothing id not unpre­dic­table and he and the club will be charged with misconduct if they ban Sky TV from broadcasting Tuesday night's Championship game against Derby (19:45 GMT).

The club has barred cameras from entering Elland Road in protest at the number of Leeds fixtures changed for television.

It is the ninth time a Leeds league match has been picked and owner Massimo Cellino feels it reduces attendances.

Football League officials are trying to resolve the situation.

"The League has been made aware that Sky personnel have been unable to access Elland Road as previously arranged," a Football League spokesman said in a statement.

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

It added that clubs must allow broadcast partners access to "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)."

Second-placed Derby have already featured in eight live televised games this season, the same number as Leeds. Derby declined to comment.

Nottingham Forest have appeared in nine, the most for any Championship club, while Preston, Brentford, Charlton, Rotherham and MK Dons have featured in two each.

Cellino, the former owner of Italian side Cagliari, is waiting for an appeal date to contest a second Football League ban for breaching its Owners' and Directors' test following a tax evasion conviction in Italy.

He is in Miami, US, and will not be present at Elland Road on Tuesday and has left the enforcement of his ban with other staff.

In October, Cellino said he would limit ticket sales to Leeds' Championship away games in protest against the Football League's policy on televised matches - but backed down when the club's supporters opposed the plan.

Ironically, visiting fans have been boycotting Elland Road in protest at ticket prices in excess of £40. Back in April, Cardiff City returned 500 tickets complaining about their allocation and their fans boycotted the game.

JB

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