Leeds United: LUST call on Massimo Cellino to consider ownership

United's president Massimo Cellino.
United's president Massimo Cellino.
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Massimo Cellino has been told by the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) to sell the club if his ownership is not in the “best interests of Leeds United supporters”.

LUST have also asked Gulf Finance House (GFH) to do the same if their presence is doing harm.

They have added that they are “appalled” by the idea that Cellino possibly knew about his upcoming ban before the away ticket cap was implemented.

A statement published after Cellino’s ban on Monday read: “The Leeds United Supporters Trust calls on Massimo Cellino to act in the best interests of the club and its supporters and the Football League to bring clarity to this endless situation.”

“[We call on] Massimo Cellino to confirm that his activities outside of football are also as compliant and future trouble free as befits an owner of a great club, and that Leeds fans can be assured there are no further actions lingering in the background that takes us down the same destructive route a third, fourth or fifth time.

“Should there be any continued doubt on this we would further call for Massimo Cellino to make the proper arrangements to ensure that the club will not suffer any further as a result.

“This includes putting in place an experienced English football managing director who stays for the medium term and for our majority and minority owners to consider whether their continued presence at Elland Road is conducive to the good of the loyal support?

LUST demanded honesty and that Cellino considers the needs of fans.

They concluded: “The Trust believes Leeds supporters have suffered enough over the years and therefore asks Massimo Cellino brings clarity and honesty to any public statements on the immediate future and consider the supporters’ need for a stable club at all times in how he deals with this latest ban.

“If, and the case grows daily, it is in the best interests of Leeds United supporters he and GFH should sell, we call on them both to do so with efficiency.”

Furthermore, LUST chose to question the Football League’s implementation of the ban.

“The Trust would question the Football League regarding the timing of this latest action given the four month elapsing since the case this new ban relates to was concluded and in light of the other events at Elland Road today. In terms of their governance, it is our opinion that it would be much more constructive for them to spend time redeveloping their outdated Owners and Directors test so that it is more robust and fit for purpose.”