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Leeds United owner Cellino has ban extended until May

Leeds United's Italian owner Massimo Cellino has had his disqa­uli­fica­tion from running the club extended until May 3rd.

In January, the Football League disqualified him from running the Championship club until 10 April, and the former Cagliari owner stepped away from the club in order to clear his name.

Cellino was banned after the Football League obtained documents proving he was guilty of tax evasion in his native country, which meant he had breached the organisation's fit and proper owner test.

The Football League and Leeds issued a joint statement which read, "The club and Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge."

"As a result, Cellino's period of disqu­ali­fica­tion as a 'relevant person', as defined by the regulations, has now been extended from 10 April until 3 May, the day after the conclusion of the 2014-15 league season."

"Cellino's right to challenge the decision of the Professional Conduct Committee under Football Association Rule K is unaffected by this settlement."

A Football Association Rule K hearing would see Cellino take the Football League to an independent arbitration tribunal.

At present, no date has been set for this tribunal

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