Sky Sports accused of silencing Leeds United fans

Pontus Jansson

The Daily Mail are reporting that Sky Sports used technology in Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest to silence sections of their fan base at Elland Road.

With many fans angered by Leeds’ kick-off times being disrupted due to the television schedules, some of their more vocal supporters wanted to get their point across last weekend.

However, it has now been claimed that Sky Sports used technology to hush the chants so they could not be heard by viewers watching at home.

Leeds fans silenced by Sky

With the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds continuing to attract large TV audiences, some fans have become aggrieved that their kick-off times are being so frequently altered.

In the space of two weeks, seven of their eight matches have been, or are scheduled to be, televised.

Due to these television issues, only four of their 15 league matches have been at 3pm on a Saturday.

During last weekend’s draw with Forest, chants of ‘Sky TV is f****** s***’ broke out.

Desperate to not allow the chants to be heard outside of Elland Road, Sky implemented a process known as ‘dampening’.

Bielsa’s side are scheduled to have nine Championship matches on television, the most in the division.

Three more than West Brom who have the second both.

Luke Ayling’s light-hearted approach

While Leeds’ supporters might be annoyed by Sky silencing them, one of their players has taken a more light-hearted approach to the issue.

Taking to social media on Thursday morning, defender Luke Ayling has appeared to back the fans protests.

Instead of condemning the swearing, the 27-year-old Tweeted ‘Have to sing a little louder on Sunday lads.’.

Picking up a knee injury during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Forest, Ayling will have to watch Leeds on TV for the significant future.

It has been confirmed that the right-back will be sidelined for two-months due to the injury issue.
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