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Leeds appoint former Real Madrid director to club's board

Leeds appoint Ivan Bravo to board of directors Credit: PA

Leeds United have announced that former Real Madrid director Ivan Bravo has joined the club’s board with immediate effect.

Bravo served as director of strategy at Real, leading on both the sport and business fronts at the Bernabeu from 2003 to 2010.

More recently, Bravo became director general at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar in 2011 - overseeing the growth of their football development programmes with network clubs in Qatar, Spain and Belgium.

Leeds United is a club steeped in prestige with an extremely proud fan-base and I am thrilled to join the Board of Directors.

I hope my experience gained across the game will add value for the club and I look forward to working with the ownership,management and the whole team to take Leeds United forward, on and off the pitch.

– Ivan Bravo on new role

Leeds defender Cooper handed six-match ban by FA

Liam Cooper will miss most of the rest of the season Credit: PA

Leeds defender Liam Cooper has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association.

The 25-year-old was charged with violent conduct following an incident in Leeds' 1-0 Championship defeat at Reading on Saturday.

TV footage appeared to show Cooper catch Reading substitute Reece Oxford on the side of the head as he lay on the floor and the FA have now acted.

Cooper served the first match of his suspension in the 2-0 loss to Brentford on Tuesday night, meaning he will not be available until the last match of the regular season at Wigan.

The incident was not seen by the match officials and while Cooper accepted the charge of violent conduct the FA felt a standard punishment would be insufficient.

An FA statement read: "Leeds United's Liam Cooper will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

"The defender was charged with violent conduct in relation to an incident in or around the 74th minute of the game against Reading on Saturday [1 April 2017] which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.

"Furthermore, the FA claimed that the standard punishment which would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed would be 'clearly insufficient'.

"The player accepted the charge but denied the claim. However, that matter was found proven and his total suspension of six matches includes the standard one additional match for it being his second dismissal of this season."

Cooper's ban means he will miss Saturday's visit of Preston and sit out games against Newcastle, Wolves, Burton and Norwich as Leeds aim to secure a play-off place.

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