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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino bans Sky Sports from televising Derby game

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Nothing is simple at Leeds United. The club have been through a turbulent spell since dropping out of the Premier League in 2004 and it has only gotten weirder since Italian Massimo Cellino arrived in Yorkshire last year.

The entrepreneur has recycled managers at will since his arrival and has had countless battles with the Football League, culminating in his decision to sell the club before swiftly performing a sharp u-turn.

And in his latest confusing move, the owner of Leeds has decided to ban Sky Sports' cameras from entering Elland Road ahead of their game with Derby County on Tuesday night, that is scheduled to be broadcast live. 


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Cellino is believed to be unhappy with the amount of games involving Leeds that are televised and thinks it is having a detrimental effect on attendances. 

Their clash with Derby will be the ninth time they have been on Sky Sports and the fourth time Elland Road has been the venue.

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Despite Cellino's unhappiness with his club's air-time, they are still averaging the third highest attendance in the Sky Bet Championship.

Some fans have vented their anger on Twitter, insisting the owner is the issue affecting attendances and not Sky's cameras.

The decision was made before he flew to Miami for his Christmas holidays and any staff member who disobeyed his order would face disciplinary action for gross misconduct.

According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Sky staff are reportedly outside the ground and awaiting confirmation on whether they will be given access.

The Football League have warned Leeds will face misconduct charges if they do not allow Tuesday's game to be televised.

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