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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.

Leeds manager Monk handed one match touchline ban

Monk was sent to the stands during the defeat at Bristol City. Credit: Reuters

Garry Monk will serve a one-match touchline ban after admitting a charge of using abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official.

The Leeds United manager was sent to the stands following the incident towards the end of September's 1-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Monk will now be forced to watch from the stands when Leeds visit Derby on Saturday, while he has also been ordered to pay a £2,000 fine after accepting the standard penalty.

Leeds United find more form with 2-0 win at Cardiff

It was a full-blooded contest in Cardiff. Credit: PA

Leeds United secured a second successive league win to ease the pressure on manager Garry Monk and keep Cardiff in the bottom three of the Championship.

Chris Wood's fourth goal in six games, a 62nd-minute penalty rolled home in confident fashion, and Pablo Hernandez's first Leeds goal eight minutes from time secured a well-merited 2-0 success.

The three points moves Leeds towards the heady heights of mid-table after a fraught start to the season, Monk now having won four of his past six games in all competitions.

Cardiff's campaign, however, is showing little sign of flickering into life with only one victory so far this season.

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