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Leeds United 'surprised and disappointed' by appeal verdict

Leeds United have said in a statement on their website that they are 'surprised and disappointed' after Massimo Cellino lost his appeal to have his disqualification from owning the club overturned.

Massimo Cellino Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Italian was banned from being an owner or director of Leeds last month after the football league ruled that his conviction for tax evasion was a dishonest act.

Leeds United have said they are continuing to take legal advice.

Read: Leeds United statement here.

Cellino loses appeal over disqualification as Leeds United owner

Massimo Cellino has failed in his appeal against the Football League's disqualification of him owning the club.

Massimo Cellino Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Cellino was convicted of tax evasion on a luxury yacht called Nellie last March. As a result he failed the Football League's Directors' and Owners test.

He successfully appealed this ruling last April, claiming it was not a dishonest act.

However upon inspection of the full ruling from the Italian court, the Football League did deem the conviction as dishonest and barred him from running the club in December.

Once again Cellino appealed but this time it failed.

As a result the Football League has disqualified Mr Cellino from acting as a "relevant person" at Leeds United FC until his conviction is spent on 10th April 2015.

A further misconduct charge against Mr Cellino and the club has been served for failing to supply the Italian court judgement to the Football League

Read: The Football League statement in full

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Redfearn: Players need to concentrate on football

Football and Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn says his team need to block out off the field events and concentrate on football matters.

Whilst owner Massimo Cellino is currently awaiting word on whether his appeal against the football league's decision to bar him from running the club is successful the Whites are fighting to stay out of the Championship relegation zone.

They take on Birmingham on Saturday at Elland Road:

Refearn calls on Leeds fans to remain united

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino's appeal against his disqualification from owning the club has been heard today. The controversial Italian was banned by the Football League in December after it was ruled that his conviction for tax evasion on a luxury yacht was deemed as a dishonest act. If his disqualification is upheld Cellino will have to relinquish control of the club immediately, but could pick up the reigns once again in March as his conviction would be spent under UK law. Meanwhile the current team captain Stephen Warnock has left the club to join Derby. At his weekly press conference, head coach Neil Redfearn wouldn't be drawn on the circumstances of the deal but has called on the fans to remain united during these difficult times.

Leeds United captain leaving to join Derby County

Leeds owner Cellino's appeal set to be heard

Leeds United President Massimo Cellino will seek to have his disqualification from owning the club overturned at an appeal hearing today.

Massimo Cellino Credit: Press Association

The Italian was banned from being an owner or director of Leeds last month after the football league ruled that his conviction for tax evasion was a dishonest act.

Cellino's appeal will be heard by a three-person professional conduct committee, chaired by Tim Kerr QC. The outcome is likely to be known next week.

If the Football League's disqualification is upheld, it will mean 58-year-old Cellino will have to step down as a director, but only until March, when his conviction becomes spent under UK law.

Cellino was fined 600,000 euros (£465,000) by a court in Sardinia last March after being found guilty of failing to pay import duty on his yacht, the Nelie.

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