I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the current situation at Leeds United, and in particular the Football League’s decision to disqualify Mr Cellino from being a director of Leeds United Football Club until 18 March 2015.
I share the concern that has been expressed. The club has had a troubled few years, one way or another, and what it needs now above all else is stability. Mr Cellino has provided that, and Paul Keats, Chairman of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, is on record as saying that Mr Cellino “has done a fantastic job."
Mr Cellino has appealed against the Football League ruling disqualifying him as United’s owner, and his case will be heard on 15th January by the League’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). I understand that a verdict is not expected until early next month.
The Club issued the following statement in December:
“We have today received a notice from the Football League disqualifying Mr Cellino from being a director of Leeds United Football Club until 18 March 2015.
The club is in the process of taking legal advice on the reasoning of the decision. In the interim, the club notes that nothing has changed since the decision of the Football League’s Professional Conduct Committee in April 2014.
The steps that the League wishes the club to take - to remove Mr Cellino only to re-appoint him in three months’ time - will be destabilising for the club, its supporters and sponsors and cannot be in the best interests of any party.”
I share those views, and as the Member of Parliament who represents Elland Road, I stand ready – as ever – to help the club in any way that I can.