Leeds United: Football League remaining tight-lipped on Cellino

Massimo Cellino.

Massimo Cellino.

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The Football League has refused to comment on its plans for Massimo Cellino after discussing his ownership of Leeds United at its monthly board meeting.

Cellino’s position as majority shareholder at Leeds is understood to have been on the agenda of the Football League’s board yesterday amid strained relations between the governing body and the 58-year-old Italian.

The Football League could look to ban Cellino, left, from running United over a tax conviction imposed on him by a court in Cagliari in March.

The League’s board is powerless to act, however, until it has studied the full written judgement from that case. Excerpts from the judgement – some of which accused Cellino of deliberately avoiding tax owed on a private yacht – were quoted by The Guardian in September, but the League is yet to receive a copy and could bring misconduct charges against Cellino for failing to produce it.

Under the League’s rules, existing owners and directors of clubs are required to inform the governing body of changes to their status which might disqualify them. The League was asked for comment by the YEP but a spokesman said only that its board had been “appraised of the current situation.”

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