Leeds and Derby fans react on Twitter to Cellino's reported plan to ban Sky

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is no stranger to controversy...

Leeds United's match with Derby County this evening is at risk of not being broadcast, report The Mirror.

It is claimed staff at Leeds have been instructed not to allow Sky Sports staff access to Elland Road, at the request of Massimo Cellino.

This meant crew could not set up as they normally would 24 hours ahead of the game, leaving plans for today's fixture with Derby in doubt.

Cellino is reportedly angry at repeated fixture changes made to the club's schedule at the behest of Sky, believing the club are being messed around.

The Mirror reported a Football League spokesperson saying: "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.”

Leeds are unbeaten in December and have a chance to go 10th with a win, so the timing of Cellino's reported decision is unfortunate.

His methods will divide opinion, but his anger at Sky is shared by head coach Steve Evans, who told the Yorkshire Post before Christmas that he felt the Football League would like to keep Leeds in the division, and making their schedule difficult was one way to ensure this.

Football League rules state that clubs must allow broadcasters access to their grounds, while it is also important to note that Cellino does not own the stadium, with Leeds only leaseholders.

Here is a look at how Leeds and Derby plans have reacted on Twitter to the reports...

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