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Leeds United agrees to secret settlement with former kit suppliers

Leeds United have agreed to a secret settlement of its £5m-plus High Court battle with former kit-suppliers Macron SPA.The Italian company sued for damages after the club decided to end their shirt-making agreement in 2014.

At the time it was signed in 2011, the six-year deal was the longest in English football history. But Bologna-based Macron said the club had no right to terminate the contract without paying a fee.

It claimed £2.1m which it said it was owed under the contract and up to another £3.5m damages for future losses.

The Championship club disputed the claim and was due to fight it in a trial at the High Court in London this week.

However after last minute talks out of court, the parties agreed to a settlement which resulted in the trial being called off.In a ten-second hearing this morning, Mr Justice Hickinbottom was told the settlement would be kept confidential.

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino denies making alleged sexist remark

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has denied making a sexist remark, after the club lost at a discrimination tribunal against former employee Lucy Ward.

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The three-day hearing in Leeds earlier this week heard of an alleged conversation between Cellino and a third party, in which sexist remarks were alleged to have been made by Cellino.

The Leeds owner is alleged to have said "football is no place for a woman".

However, the club has issued a statement saying 'Mr Cellino categorically denies making the statement, which has since dominated the media coverage of the hearing, and would like to make it clear that such a statement does not represent his views of women in football whatsoever.'

The statement goes on to say that during his time as owner of Italian club Cagliari Calcio, Cellino was the owner of two highly successful female football teams in Florida, USA, for over 10 years.

In addition, the statement says that Cellino currently operates an employment policy at Leeds United where females make up the majority of the club’s long-serving senior management staff and that the 59-year-old appointed a female barrister to defend the club at this week’s hearing.

Mr Cellino is horrified and disgusted that the witness statement was made public to portray him in a light entirely detached from the truth.

– Leeds United statement

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Leeds United sex discrimination tribunal

Lucy Ward arrives at tribunal

A former Leeds United employee was sacked because she came "as a pair" with her partner who left his position as head coach, a tribunal heard.

The football club is currently involved in a twin unfair dismissal and sex discrimination tribunal against 41-year-old Lucy Ward, who is the former head of education and welfare at the boys academy for Leeds United.

Miss Ward, who was in a relationship with the Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn, was suspended from the club in July 2015.

Previous reports said the suspension was for gross misconduct after taking too much holiday while on BBC duty in Canada for the Women's World Cup.

Now a tribunal in Leeds has heard there were "strong football rumours" that Miss Ward would be sacked shortly after Mr Redfearn.

The court also heard that Miss Ward had been locked out of her office and the locks had been changed on her doors without her knowledge in May - two months before her suspension. The tribunal continues.

Leeds director Edoardo Cellino charged by FA for comments on social media

Leeds director Edoardo Cellino has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made on social media.

Director of Leeds United Edoardo (centre) with father and Leeds United Owner Massimo Cellino (left)

The son of controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino reportedly became involved in an abusive row with a fan on Facebook.

The FA said Edoardo Cellino's charge includes an "aggravated breach" as his comments included a reference to disability.

"It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper in contravention of rule E3(1)," an FA statement read.

"It is further alleged that this breach of rule E3(1) is an 'aggravated breach' as defined in rule E3(2), as it includes a reference to disability."

Edoardo Cellino, who later apologised for his comments, has until Monday to respond to the charges.

Cellino 'dismisses speculation he's to replace Evans'

Massimo Cellino has reportedly dismissed speculation he's to replace head coach Steve Evans in the wake of Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to local rivals Huddersfield Town.

Cellino told Sky Sports News, "I'm a sad man with the results, but sometimes I'm not happy with my wife and I don't divorce her so I'm not looking to replace Evans."

Evans became the sixth head coach to work under Massimo Cellino when he was appointed last October.

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