The Football League has today announced that they have disqualified the owner of Leeds United, Massimo Cellino after obtaining documents from an Italian court where he was found guilty of tax evasion.
The Italian has been formally asked to resign from his role at Elland Road. This isn’t the first time that the controversial owner has come under fire by the Football League, Cellino was similarly disqualified in March 2014 for tax related offences in Italy, but successfully appealed the ruling.
However the Football League have released a statement today, saying that following a meeting last week, they have ruled that ‘Mr. Cellino is subject to a disqualifying condition under the terms of the owners’ Test’, in the light of the new information revealed by the Italian courts. Cellino has 14 days to appeal the decision.
The former owner of Serie A outfit, Cagliari, is no stranger to controversy, as he became public enemy number one in the eyes of the club's fans, having no fewer than 36 mangers in his 22 year tenure in Serie A.
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He carried on where he left off with Cagliari at Leeds having parted way with three managers in less than a year, leaving fans and ex-players frustrated and calling for his head.
Leeds currently sit 15th in the Championship and take on high flying Ipswich Town on Saturday.