• Leeds United face Derby at Elland Road in the Championship on Tuesday
  • The hotly anticipated match is scheduled to be shown live on Sky Sports
  • But a camera crew were still being denied entry to the ground on Tuesday
  • Owner Massimo Cellino has shown his disapproval of live TV recently
  • His complaint is that it discourages supporters from attending matches
  • He could undermine Leeds’ form by making Lewis Cook available for sale

Jack Gaughan for MailOnline

Massimo Cellino’s baffling reign at Leeds took yet another twist after Sky Sports cameras were turned away from Elland Road.

In an unprecedented move, the owner laid down the law with the broadcaster, who are set to beam Tuesday’s Championship clash against Derby County live.

That is now in severe doubt after the Football League confirmed that a Sky crew were refused entry to perform vital preparation for one of the division’s blockbuster fixtures. 

As of Tuesday morning there was still no access allowed for the cameras and crew to enter the ground. The match will go ahead regardless.

Massimo Cellino has been making noises about his disapproval of live television over the last few weeks

Massimo Cellino has been making noises about his disapproval of live television over the last few weeks

A Sky Sports camera crew were denied access to Elland Road on Monday ahead of televised game

A Sky Sports camera crew were denied access to Elland Road on Monday ahead of televised game

Cellino – currently away on holiday in Miami – has been making noises about his disapproval of live television over the last few weeks. Tuesday night would be the fourth home league game shown this season – should it make onto sets across the country.

The Italian reckons constant attraction from Sky sees a decline in attendances and overall revenue. Leeds would pocket more than £100,000 on each occasion.

The fiasco represents a needless distraction for manager Steve Evans, currently in the process of patching together their season and having gone December unbeaten.

They currently lie seven points adrift of the play-offs with a game in hand.

Steve Evans has been rebuilding Leeds' season and the club have gone through December unbeaten

Steve Evans has been rebuilding Leeds’ season and the club have gone through December unbeaten

Sam Byram (left) rescued a point for Leeds away to Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Sunday

Sam Byram (left) rescued a point for Leeds away to Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Sunday

A Football League statement read: ‘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 were contacted for comment.

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