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Cellino ban from Leeds ownership lifted


Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino

The Football League has agreed to put Leeds owner Massimo Cellino's ban on hold until after his appeal has been heard.

The League ruled Cellino should step down from the club's board of directors on December 29 after disqualifying him under its 'owners' and directors' test' earlier this month.

But the governing body has now reached agreement with the Italian's legal team and he will be allowed to stay on as a club director while his appeal is being considered. A League statement read: "The Football League and the legal representatives of Leeds United President, Massimo Cellino, have agreed the process and date of Mr. Cellino's appeal against the decision by The Football League Board that he is subject to a disqualifying condition under its Owners' and Directors' Test.

"The matter will be heard by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) chaired by Tim Kerr QC on January 15.

"The original decision required Mr. Cellino to resign as a director of Leeds United."