Wednesday March 26 2014
Cellino to appeal Football League ruling

Massimo Cellino will appeal against the Football League’s decision to block his takeover of Leeds United, his lawyer has revealed.

The Cagliari chief had agreed a £25million deal for a majority stake in the Championship club with owners Gulf Finance House.

However, the game’s governing body refused to sanction the deal after he failed their ‘Owners and Directors Test’ following a conviction for tax evasion.

Cellino has been given 14 days to appeal the verdict, and has admitted he will do so.

“I have to appeal,” Cellino said. "I feel a responsibility to the fans who I am proud to say wanted me."

His UK lawyers Mishcon de Reya told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Mr Cellino will be appealing the decision. We have no further comment.”

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