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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."

Sky Sports beat rivals BT Sport in La Liga bidding war

Sky Sports will continue showing live La Liga football. Credit: Reuters

Sky Sports has secured a deal to show Spain's top flight, La Liga, for another three seasons after winning a bidding war with BT Sport.

The deal is a crucial one for Sky, which had already lost Champions League football to its rival for the coming season.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "We're proud to take our partnership with La Liga into its 20th year and remain the home of Spanish football for another three years."

Chelsea boss lays into Sky and 'criminal' Burnley tackle

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has branded Ashley Barnes' tackle on Nemanja Matic "criminal" in a lengthy attack on refereeing standards and media coverage while appearing on Sky Sports.

Mourinho can feel aggrieved with the Martin Atkinson. Credit: PA

Matic was sent off for his reaction to Barnes' tackle in the 70th minute, but the Burnley player went unpunished in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho had little to say in his post-match press conference after Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Burnley, but was more forthcoming when appearing on Goals on Sunday on Sky Sports - a network he had strongly criticised for their coverage of Diego Costa's stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can last month.

When I finished at the game against Liverpool, I went to the dressing room and the first thing I saw on the big screen, reading non-stop - 'Diego Costa crimes'.

I would like to know how to you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word.

When you think 'Diego crimes' after he puts his boot on a hand, when this is 'Diego crimes', the minimum you have to say is 'criminal tackle'.

Did you apologise to Chelsea, to Diego or myself? You didn't. As an institution, Sky is so important in the Premier League, you never apologise.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Sky director takes swipe at BT after Premier League rights auction

Sky has claimed it won the battle over Premier League television rights after BT Sport tried to "muscle in".

Believe it or not, that's one of Sky's cameras. Credit: PA

The £5.136bn deal for the 2016-19 rights was announced this week with Sky paying £4.176bn for 126 matches including the new Friday night slot, while BT Sport will pay £960m for 42 games.

Sky has almost doubled its investment to retain five of the seven packages but corporate affairs director Graham McWilliam believes it can absorb the costs.

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