Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Massimo Cellino has been cleared to take charge of Leeds United by the Football League.

The League had ruled that Cellino had failed its owners' and directors' test and was unable to complete his purchase of 75 per cent of the club.

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But Cellino appealed to an independent QC and, having won his case, proceeded to formally acquire the Yorkshire giants.

Now at a board meeting today the Football League has cleared the Italian to become a club director.


The Football League said in a statement: "At its meeting in London today, the Board of Directors of The Football League considered the outcome of the recent appeal by Massimo Cellino under the Owners' and Directors' Test.

"In making its original decision, the Board took the view that Mr Cellino's recent conviction in Sardinia was for an act that 'would reasonably be considered to be dishonest' and that he was therefore subject to a disqualifying condition.

"In the current absence of detailed reasons for the conviction from the Sardinian Court and having taken into account the principles of Italian law, an independent QC reached a different conclusion. On this basis, Massimo Cellino is cleared to be a Director of Leeds United."

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