Council bosses claim the owners of rugby league club Wakefield Trinity have halted talks over a new community stadium.
An agreement was reached to build a new £12million stadium on the site of the club's current Belle Vue ground last month.
It was hoped the stadium could have been ready in time for by 2020.
But Wakefield Council put out a statement today claiming the club is unwilling to pay any costs for the stadium build, while still wanting to retain control over its income and operations.
A Wakefield Trinity spokeswoman said the club is aware of the council's comments and will be seeking legal advice before making any further comment.