Friday 24 October 2014

Unlucky for some: Leeds sack Kenny over birthday

Luke Edwards

Published 04/07/2014 | 02:30

Ex-Leeds United 'keeper Paddy Kenny
Ex-Leeds United 'keeper Paddy Kenny

A footballer has been dropped after his club's new owner decided he was born on an unlucky date.

Massimo Cellino, the Italian owner of Leeds United, believes the number 17 is unlucky and has ordered the club's manager not to play Paddy Kenny, who was born on May 17, in goal.

Mr Cellino, who previously owned Cagliari in his native Italy, ordered all number 17 seats to be removed from the Serie A club's stadium and be replaced with the number 16B.

He also claimed that the Sardinian team had only won one game played on the 17th of the month in the 20 years he was associated with the side.

After Mr Cellino learned the birth date of Kenny, who perhaps coincidentally is the Yorkshire club's second highest paid player on £10,000 (€12,600) a week, he decided that the 36-year-old would never play for the club again.

The goalkeeper – whose mother is from Mullingar – has now been told to look for a new employer.

Irish Independent

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