FORMER Leeds United managing director David Haigh has started proceedings in the High Court against ex-Whites owner GFH Capital.
Haigh has been in prison in Dubai since his arrest in May after being accused of “embezzlement, swindling and breach of trust” by investment bank GFH.
Now the one-time Leeds chief has launched his own multi-million pound legal action against GFH for alleged deceit.
Haigh yesterday also repeated his oft-voiced assertion that he is being “wrongly and unscrupulously held in jail”.
A spokesman for GFH Capital said: “Contrary to the statement that has been issued by David Haigh, no claim by David Haigh has yet been served on GFH Capital or any other party.
“Until a particularised claim has been received it is therefore impossible to give any comment on any such claim.”
Haigh was one of the men behind GFH’s purchase of Leeds from Ken Bates in late 2012.
He became managing director of the club in the summer of 2013 then quit his role with GFH at the beginning of this year as Massimo Cellino closed in on a 75 per cent takeover of United.
The 36-year-old left Leeds in April following a souring of his relationship with Cellino.
His arrest came after he flew to the Middle East for talks about a purported new job within the GFH group.
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, he was detained shortly after his arrival at GFH’s offices.