Leeds United: Cellino has not been hit by League rap

Massimo Cellino. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Massimo Cellino. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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MASSIMO CELLINO has not been charged with misconduct by the Football League – amid national reports that he will face an unprecedented charge from league bosses.

Reports have suggested that the league’s board, who met last week, were losing patience with the Cellino camp over the delay in receiving the written reasons why the United owner was found guilty by a court of evading tax duty of around £400,000 on his yacht Nelie.

That conviction, which Cellino is currently appealing, led to an unsuccessful attempt by the league to block his takeover of Leeds and could yet threaten his ownership under the Owners and Directors Test.

But despite speculation, Cellino has not been charged.

In the event of an alleged breach of regulations, it would be heard by a FL commission.

Cellino’s trial over a second Italian tax evasion charge will take place on October 22.

The case – in which Cellino is accused of failing to pay around £65,000 of import duty owed on a private yacht called Lucky 23 – was adjourned earlier this month.

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