Peterborough owner reacts on Twitter to reports about Leeds' Cellino, TV rights

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A report claimed Leeds United were attempting to re-negotiate a television deal.

A report in The Mail at the weekend claimed Leeds United were keen to re-negotiate the Football League's television deal with Sky, to sell rights individually.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has recently been at odds with Sky, but the proposals were controversial as clubs with smaller fanbases than the Yorkshire sides would struggle to net a share for their own rights even if Leeds would benefit.

The club have since issued a statement on their website playing down the claims, insisting they are not in fact planning to do this, with executive director Paul Bell insisting they are simply frustrated with Sky's control over fixtures and dates.

The claims proved unpopular, and Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony was one to voice his disapproval via Twitter, insisting Leeds would not be successful if they attempted to breakaway from the agreement, describing it as 'madness'.

The Leeds statement quells the furore which was beginning to build, but MacAnthony's message underlines the opposition Cellino would be met with if he did actually try to re-negotiate the Football League's agreement.

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