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Radrizzani backs Cellino over strategy as Leeds owner

Andrea Radrizzani believes Cellino has done a good job. Credit: PA

Andrea Radrizzani felt Massimo Cellino had no choice but to upset people as he went about cleaning up Leeds' finances.

Cellino took over Leeds in April 2014 and in his bid to cut costs trimmed the club's staff.

The Italian this month completed the sale of 50 per cent of the club to compatriot Radrizzani, who praised Cellino for getting Leeds on a sounder financial footing.

Radrizzani said:

The club has had a rollercoaster in the last decade. When Massimo Cellino acquired the club he didn't expect even himself to find so many financial troubles and losses.

At the moment the club is not at breakeven but is not in a bad financial situation. The club is recovering. In the last two years since Massimo came in he wasn't nice to many people but he had to be tough to cut costs.

It seemed to be difficult then but it's much better now. At the same time the Football League is a loss-making league. It's difficult to make money in this league, almost impossible. We need to be creative to make the financial numbers look good.

– Andrea Radrizzani

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Leeds United owner 'surprised' at prospect of ban

Cellino insists he is not guilty of any wrongdoing. Credit: PA

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has expressed his surprise at a newspaper's claim that he is facing a ban and a fine in relation to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.

The Daily Mail reported the Italian would be suspended from football for 18 months and both he and the club would be fined £250,000 after being found guilty of breaching Football Association regulations.

But Cellino once again protested his innocence in a statement released by the club on Wednesday evening.

He said:

I am surprised to read the news regarding the FA's intentions to ban and fine me, as well as fine the club. I am not guilty and I will take the right steps to defend myself through the tribunal. I feel that I am guilty of one thing, protecting Leeds United since I took charge of the club.

I ask the players, manager and my staff to continue to work with loyalty and professionalism and to keep fighting for the club everyday on and off the pitch. I am sure that the public in this country and the free press will take the time to look into this case and find the truth.

– Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

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Leeds on the spot to beat Norwich on penalties

Leeds made it through in the end. Credit: Reuters

Leeds beat Norwich 3-2 on penalties at Elland Road following a 2-2 draw after extra time.Norwich had twice taken the lead in the match, Alex Pritchard (14) and Nelson Oliveira (99) netting but Leeds battled back to level both times thanks to Marcus Antonsson (43) and substitute Chris Wood (109).

That sent the tie to penalties, where Leeds came out on top with Ronaldo Vieira slotting home the winning spot-kick after Marco Silvestri had saved efforts from Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady.

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