Leeds owner disqualified and urged to resign

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League and asked to resign from the Elland Road club, according to reports.

The controversial Italian has been under investigation for tax evasion in his homeland, and it’s been deemed that his actions have breached the terms of the ‘fit and proper’ ownership test active in the English game.

Cellino is however entitled to return to the club in March and can appeal against the ruling imposed.

The Whites said: “The steps that the Football League wishes the club to take – to remove Mr Cellino – only to reappoint him in three months’ time will be destabilising for the club, its supporters, sponsors and cannot be in the best interests of any party.”

Cellino was blocked by the Football League from taking over Leeds earlier this year due to tax infringements in Italy, but an independent QC overturned the decision.

Upon the 58-year-old’s takeover the Championship side were losing an estimated £1m-per-month, but since then debts have been cleared and £20m is expected to be invested in the club.