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Sheffield Eagles to leave Owlerton Stadium

Sheffield Eagles are leaving Owlerton Stadium after just one season due to new RFL ground regulations. The Championship side moved there for the 2014 season after it was announced that their former home, Don Valley Stadium, was going to be demolished.

Improvements were made to the ground to bring it up to standard but the lack of floodlighting means it is unable to accommodate evening fixtures for Sky TV.

The club is hoping to make an announcement on where it will be playing next season as soon as negotiations are concluded and approved by the RFL.

Doncaster Rovers sign Andy Butler on loan

Doncaster-born Andy Butler has signed a loan deal with Doncaster Rovers. The defender is joining the club from Sheffield United. Butler will go straight into the Doncaster squad for this weekend’s clash with MK Dons, as Paul Dickov’s side look to record a first win in three matches.


Cellino tax evasion trial delayed

Leeds president Massimo Cellino's court trial in Sardinia for tax evasion has been delayed.

Cellino's trial for allegedly failing to pay import duty on a yacht was due to take place on Thursday Credit: Press Association

The trial was due to take place on Thursday, but the judge has had to step down due to a conflict of interest.

Judge Dr Sandra Lepore convicted Cellino for failing to pay tax on his yacht Nelie in March and cannot hear the second case involving another yacht, Lucky 23.

Cellino was fined around £400,000 for the earlier conviction.

The appeal judge who overturned that decision ruled that if Judge Lepore confirmed in her written report that the tax evasion in the Nelie case had been a deliberate act of dishonesty then Cellino would fail the League's 'owners and directors' test.

Judge Lepore has since stated there was "elusive intent" and "Machiavellian simulation" by Cellino and the League is under mounting pressure to force him to sell the club.

The League has yet to receive a copy of Dr Lepore's report and, it is understood, has no right to request a copy.

FA to investigate 'clash' during Leeds vs Norwich game

A Leeds United player is at the centre of an alleged racism row tonight after squaring up to a Norwich striker during their Championship match last night.

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations surrounding the clash between United defender Giuseppe Bellusci and Cameron Jerome. The match referee has sent a full report to the FA as David Hirst reports.


Cellino: If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender. Credit: Press Association

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian midway through the first half of their 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday following a confrontation between the two players.

The FA confirmed it is looking into the incident, but the summer signing from Catania has received the full backing of his countryman Cellino.

Bellusci is no racist, I spoke with him and he said 'you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome).'

He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

I don't allow racists at this club and I won't allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I'll kick his a**e and kick him out before the FA has a chance.

Bellusci says he spoke (to Jerome) in Italian. I don't know if he (Jerome) speaks Italian too but Bellusci swears to me he said nothing racist.

He was p****d off, sure, because he got hit in the neck and the face but he denies anything racist. I believe him and and I'll support him. I'll write to them to clarify my position on Bellusci and racism. If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out. That's my philosophy and my promise.

– Massimo Cellino

Jerome said on Twitter he would not publicly reveal what was said to him but that the FA would deal with it.

Kick it Out offer Cameron Jerome support over racial abuse claims

A group campaigning against racism in football say they have offered Cameron Jerome "support and any assistance he may require" after it was claimed the Norwich striker was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Kick It Out says it is waiting on the outcome of an FA investigation into the claims:

Kick It Out is aware of an allegation of a racist remark made towards Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome by Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci during yesterday evening's Championship fixture at Carrow Road. The FA has confirmed that it is investigating the incident, and we have been in touch with Norwich and Cameron to offer him our support and any assistance he may require. We now await the outcome of The FA’s investigation.

– Kick It Out

Supporters Trust hoping for fair and accurate resolution to Bellusci allegations

The Leeds United Supporters Trust says it hopes that allegations against defender Giuseppe Bellusci are resolved "quickly, accurately and fairly."

The Italian has been accused of racially abusing Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome in the teams' Championship tie this week.

Supporters' Trust hoping for fair and accurate resolution to Bellusci allegations Credit: LUFC Supporters' Trust

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust condemns all racism in football without hesitation.

Leeds United fans have been at the forefront of fighting discrimination in the game - proven by LUST's long-standing support of the Kick It Out campaign - and they will rightly be concerned by the serious allegations made by Cameron Jerome.

However, Giuseppe Bellusci is entitled to the full FA / Football League process, which we hope will be resolved quickly, accurately and fairly. Until the outcome of that process, it is not right for the Supporters Trust to comment further.

– LUFC Supporters' Trust
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