Leeds United facing Cameron Stewart compensation claim

FEBRUARY 2014: Cameron Stewart in match action for Leeds United. PIC: Tony Johnson

FEBRUARY 2014: Cameron Stewart in match action for Leeds United. PIC: Tony Johnson

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Leeds United are likely to discover next week whether they will be ordered to pay compensation to former loanee Cameron Stewart.

A Football Association arbitration panel is expected to rule on the case in the next seven days after hearing Stewart’s claim for unpaid wages at a hearing in London yesterday.

Stewart is seeking around £750,000 following United’s decision to renege on their offer of a three-year contract last summer.

The 24-year-old joined Leeds on an emergency loan from Hull City midway through last season but he agreed and signed a permanent deal at the time.

United, however, withdrew the offer after the Football League spotted problems with the paperwork and sent it back to Elland Road.

The deal had been signed by former United managing director David Haigh but Haigh quit his post in April and was no longer registered as one of Leeds’ ‘authorised signatories’ with the Football League.

United owner Massimo Cellino, who completed his takeover of the club three days before Haigh’s departure, claimed the deal was invalid and refused to sign a new one.

Stewart subsequently joined Ipswich Town on a three-year deal at the start of July.

The £750,000 he is claiming from Leeds equates to the difference in value between his contract at Elland Road and his deal at Ipswich - the equivalent of around £5,000 a week.

He made 11 appearances during his loan at United.

The YEP understands that Cellino - currently banned from running Leeds - was given special dispensation by the Football League to attend yesterday’s hearing but did not turn up.

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