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Clarke Carlisle admits drink-drive offence

Clarke Carlisle played in the Premier League Credit: Press Association

Former Leeds United footballer Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence.

The 35-year-old, still bearing the facial scars from his December 22 suicide attempt in a crash which left him in a coma until mid-January, spoke clearly as he stood in the dock at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London.

The former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, who also played for Burnley and Queens Park Rangers, admitted failing to provide a sample on December 20.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date, when police officers spotted a Mercedes travelling in an "erratic" manner, prosecutor Zahid Hussain said.

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Clarke Carlisle in court over failing to provide breath test

The former Leeds United player Clarke Carlisle is due in court charged with failing to provide a breath sample after being pulled over by police in December last year.

Footballer Clarke Carlisle Credit: Press Association

The incident came just days before the 35-year-old attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire.

The former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association has been in the news since the incident speaking about his battle with depression.

Cellino ban extended until May

Leeds United have announced that Massimo Cellino's ban has been extended until 3 May 2015.

Cellino ban extended to 3 May Credit: Press Association

The Italian was originally suspended until 10 April but he had pledged not to return to the club as he tried to clear his name as a private citizen.

A statement on the Leeds United website said:

The Football League, Leeds United and Massimo Cellino have settled the outstanding disciplinary proceedings relating to the club's non disclosure of the Italian Court's judgement regarding Mr Cellino as required under League regulations. The club and Mr Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge. As a result, Mr Cellino's period of disqualification as a 'relevant person', as defined by the regulations, has now been extended from April 10 until May 3, the day after the conclusion of the 2014/15 league season. Mr Cellino's right to challenge the decision of the Professional Conduct Committee under Football Association Rule K is unaffected by this settlement.

– Leeds United

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Leeds fans group hoping to meet Russell Crowe to discuss bid for club

The Leeds Fans LLP group has said it hopes to meet actor Russell Crowe in April to discuss the club's future ownership.

Hollywood star Crowe prompted speculation he may be ready to make a bid for Leeds recently, when he asked his 1.6million Twitter followers whether he should buy the club.

David and Christine spoke to Dylan Thwaites from Leeds Fans LLP:

Leeds United fan group hope to meet Hollywood star over bid for club

The Leeds Fans LLP group has said it hopes to meet actor Russell Crowe in April to discuss the club's future ownership.

Crowe has been linked with a bid for Leeds United Credit: Press Association

Hollywood star Crowe prompted speculation he may be ready to make a bid for Leeds recently, when he asked his 1.6million Twitter followers whether he should buy the club.

The 50-year-old has been a lifelong fan of the Whites, and Leeds Fans LLP said in a statement:

Russell is back in the UK next month and we will try to get a face to face to see if we can get something more concrete from him.

– Leeds Fans LLP

Leeds LLP made contact with Crowe, who asked the group to watch a six-episode show of the work he has done as co-owner of NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Crowe is currently the co-owner of the Sydney Rabbitohs Credit: Press Association

Were Crowe, the man who played Maximus in Gladiator, to actively pursue involvement with an investment, he could use the LLP group as a vehicle.

LLP is limited liability partnership which will invite Leeds supporters to become partners by buying stakes worth £100. A maximum of 100,000 stakes are to be made available with fans able to buy up to 1,000, with each stake worth one vote.

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