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Leeds United allow Sky Sports to broadcast Derby game

Leeds' Championship clash with Derby will be televised as planned after the club "reluctantly" allowed Sky Sports' cameras into Elland Road.

United president Massimo Cellino had intended to ban Sky from broadcasting the game in a bid to make a point about the amount of times his club have been televised this season.

Sky staff were unable to enter Elland Road on Monday, as is customary on the eve of a game, and as of 2.30pm on Tuesday, the Italian had not relaxed his position with Sky's crew and Football League executive Shaun Harvey waiting in a car park.

However, just before 3pm, Cellino - currently in Miami - relented, and allowed Sky in, although he signed off on a club statement which voiced unhappiness at the situation.

"The Football League regulations are supposed to be there to protect the integrity of the sporting competition, not to be used as a stick to beat the club on behalf of Sky," it read.

"Leeds United season ticket holders have had enough of these fixture changes, the players and staff have had enough, and Leeds United Football Club has had enough.

"It is to be noted that the League threaten a disrepute charge against the club. It is the League who are bringing their own competition into disrepute by unfairly prejudicing Leeds (and certain other clubs) by allowing Sky to unfairly disrupt Leeds United for their own commercial purposes."


Derby County top of Championship after victory at Hull

Jacob Butterfield scored both of Derby County's goals Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Derby County are top of the Championship tonight after a two nil victory against Hull City.

They became the first side this season to win at Hull, knocking their hosts off the top spot in the process.

Both goals were scored by Jacob Butterfield in what was Derby's eighth win in ten league games.


Derby fans told not to drink in Nottingham city centre ahead of Forest clash

The City Ground Credit: SIMON BELLIS / LANDOV/Press Association Images

Derby County fans have been told not to drink in Nottingham city centre bars and pubs ahead of the local derby clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Friday night.

Nottinghamshire Police has issued the following statement:

The atmosphere on Friday night will be fantastic and we know that, as always, the vast majority of fan behaviour will be impeccable.

The game is a local derby and with that we fully expect there will be plenty of banter between the two sets of supporters, however we want to take this opportunity to warn people of the consequences of overstepping the line.

Our evidence gatherers will be on alert to record anyone looking to cause trouble but we will also be supporting the clubs to identify anyone who thinks it appropriate or acceptable to chant vile and distasteful songs to opposing fans.

Our officers will be at the game to help facilitate a good match day experience for all fans and to ensure everyone returns home safely.

We are confident the supporters of both sides will do their clubs proud on Friday night.

– Chief Superintendent Mark Holland

Nottinghamshire Police is urging Derby fans looking for somewhere to drink to instead use the Meadow Lane Sports Bar at Notts County's football ground.

The game kicks-off at 7:30pm.

Kevin Phillips joins Derby County from Leicester City as Assistant Coach

Kevin Phillips has been appointed Assistant Coach Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Derby County has made another appointment to its managerial staff, bringing in former England international Kevin Phillips from Leicester City.

The former West Brom and Birmingham City player was acting as first team coach under Nigel Pearson and subsequently under Claudio Ranieri.

He's the third new addition to the coaching staff since Clement took over as Derby’s Head Coach in June.

“Kevin enjoyed an illustrious playing career. He was successful at a number of clubs, experienced being promoted to the Premier League on several occasions and his goalscoring record certainly demonstrates what an excellent striker he was.

“He is now embracing a new pathway in his career and has successfully made the transition from player to coach in the last year at Leicester City.

“I believe Kevin has a lot to offer with his skills and expertise and I would like to thank Leicester City for their co-operation in allowing Kevin to join us.”

– Paul Clement, Derby County Manager

The 42-year old former professional footballer scored 282 goals in 660 professional appearances during his 20-year playing career, which included nine and a half seasons playing Premier League football and eight England caps.

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