The ban on Cellino running the Yorkshire club until April was upheld today.
The Leeds United owner has brought more turmoil to troubled Championship outfit Leeds United today after his appeal against a ban from running the club until April failed, report the Express, with the Italian refusing to confirm that he would return to his duties once the ban expires in three months’ time.
Enigmatic former Cagliari owner Cellino has been banned from running the club until his conviction for a tax offence in his native Italy expires in April and, whilst the Italian is continuing to support the club financially, he has not confirmed that he will return to the club one his period away from Elland Road has ended.
Leeds have been dogged by trouble since Cellino bought the club in the summer, with two managers already having been sacked by the charismatic Italian and the season largely having been dominated by the ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ investigation into the tax conviction suffered by Cellino in Italy.
Form has suffered in recent weeks, with Leeds on the edge of the drop zone after a frustrating home draw against Birmingham City at the weekend, and Cellino’s latest comments are unlikely to breed stability at the club, when he was asked about whether he would return, Cellino said:
“Listen, I am still shocked by what has happened today. I think there was some unfair things.”
“I don’t know. I don’t want to say anything wrong, that’s not true. I’m feeling like a guest at a party where you’re not welcome. I don’t need that.”