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Monday 11 December 2017

Cellino will not return to Leeds when ban ends

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Cellino

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has announced he will not return to the club when his Football League ban ends in April.

Instead, the Italian, who was disqualified in January from having anything to do with the running of the Sky Bet Championship outfit until April 10, will fight to clear his name as an independent citizen.

At the time, the 58-year-old indicated he intended to return to Elland Road when his disqualification period ended.

The former Cagliari president also revealed that he had sold a minority stake in the club via an open letter to Leeds fans.

It read: "I have considered in the best interests of the club to postpone any release of my true thoughts and conclusion in relation to the 79 days disqualification verdict of the Football League and it was for not unsettling the harmony of the team in a period of key league tournament matches that I have measured to reveal my decision only today, because the qualification for the 2016 Championship is by now achieved.

"For the reason above said, at first I suggested that my intention was to resume in April the office of president of Leeds United Football Club after expiration of the disqualification term."

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