Leeds United: Leeds ‘face fresh FA probe’ - report

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The Football Association is refusing to comment on claims that Leeds United are facing a fresh investigation into alleged illegal payments relating to Ross McCormack’s transfer to Fulham.

Leeds and owner Massimo Cellino are reported to be under scrutiny from the FA over cash paid to representatives of McCormack following the striker’s departure from Elland Road in July.

As revealed by the YEP on Wednesday, United are already involved in a separate investigation amid allegations that their loan signing of Brazilian playmaker Adryan from Flamengo last August breached FA rules on third-party ownership.

Officials from the governing body interviewed Adryan a fortnight ago and spoke with Cellino about the matter yesterday. Cellino has denied any wrongdoing.

McCormack was sold to Fulham for a fee of £10.75m last summer and a report in the Daily Mirror says the FA is looking into an alleged payment of £185,000 made by Leeds to his agents, one of whom is said to be unlicensed.

There is no suggestion that McCormack was in any way aware of the payment or aware that it might break FA regulations.

A spokesman for the governing body said he was unable to comment when contacted by the YEP. The club have been asked to respond to the reports.