Collins rejects Bates claims

Published Add your comment

Football News

Tory MP Damian Collins has rejected Leeds chairman Ken Bates' claim that he has a vendetta against the club and insisted fans have the right to know ownership details.

Bates launched a scathing attack on the Parliamentary culture, media and sport committee's review of football and accused Collins, one of the members, of having a "hidden agenda" after he called for an FA investigation into the past ownership of Leeds.

Bates took a 70% controlling interest in the club in May but it is still not known who was behind the offshore trusts that owned Leeds before then and Collins said: "It is important for fans to know who owns their club, whether they are fit and proper people, and it they have other interests in football which could be considered to be a conflict."

He added: "Ken Bates clearly thinks that this is none of their business, and I think he is wrong.

"With Leeds we still do not know who the owners of the club were when it was controlled by the FSF trust. Given that tax-payers and other businesses lost large amounts of money during the period when Leeds was in administration, I think there is some legitimate public interest as well in understanding more about this."

Collins said he had no issue with Leeds and that many of the club's supporters wanted questions answered.

He added: "We have recently seen a great club like Leeds bought and sold by two offshore companies for an undisclosed sum, and we don't know the identity of the seller.

"Why was FSF so keen to sell to Ken Bates when the club looks like it is in contention to get back into the Premier League, and why was such a potentially lucrative deal concluded so quickly? I think it is reasonable to ask these questions.

"If I was to make one prediction it will be that soon Leeds will be back in the Premier League, and at some point after that Ken Bates will sell for a considerable profit."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Leeds United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again