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Champi­onship: Leeds owner Massimo Cellino loses appeal against ownership ban


 
 
 


Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has lost his appeal against his disqu­ali­fica­tion as owner of the club, upholding the decision until April.

In a statement on the Football League's official website, the governing body for the Championship and Leagues One and Two stated:
  
"Mr. Cellino’s appeal against that original decision had been upheld on the basis that it could not be concluded that the offence necessarily involved a ‘Dishonest Act’ for the purposes of the Test. 

"Once the reasoned judgment became available, the Board considered the matter again and concluded that it clearly demonstrated that Mr. Cellino’s offence did indeed involve acts that would reasonably be considered to be dishonest."
  
"As are result of this decision, Massimo Cellino is disqualified from acting as a ‘Relevant Person’, as defined by Football League regulations until 10th April 2015.  The Football League will provide any assistance requested by Leeds United to help it minimise, as far as possible, the effect this decision has on the Club while Mr. Cellino serves his period of disqu­ali­fica­tion."
  
There has been no word from the club or Cellino on who will take over his respon­sibi­lities until he is allowed back in April, with the club also currently under a transfer embargo during the January transfer window.

They currently sit just above the Championship relegation places as one of three teams on 26 points, three points ahead Millwall.
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