Leeds United: Fans set to stage protest over treatment by league chiefs

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LEEDS United fans are set to stage a protest against what they say is the club’s unfair treatment by the Football League.

The protest will take place outside the league’s head office in Preston next Tuesday, January 6.

It follows the governing body’s decision to ban Massimo Cellino from acting as an owner and director of United.

The ban, which is the subject of an appeal, relates to a tax conviction imposed on Cellino by a court in Cagliari.

In a statement, the organisers of the protest said: “Whilst we respect that the Football League has a duty of care and responsibility towards its member clubs to look after their ‘best’ interests, we refuse to accept how recent decisions can be in the ‘best’ interests of Leeds United Football Club with regards the ownership of Leeds United Football Club.”

The statement stressed next week’s event would take the form of a “peaceful protest”. It also said the demo had received the approval of the police in Preston.

Leaflets publicising the protest were distributed outside Elland Road before United’s Boxing Day game against Wigan Athletic.