Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has stepped down from his role at the club until April 10th.
Cellino lost his appeal to overrule The Football League’s decision to disqualify him as owner earlier this month. BBC Radio Leeds have reported that Andrew Umbers has become the new chairman.
Mr Cellino released a statement on the Club’s website that read:
“It is with great sadness and frustration that I have to take this step, however I abide by the Football League’s decision to temporarily disqualify me from this great football club and will return in April in good health and good spirits.”
He went on to say:
“I have done my best for a club and fans that I hold close to my heart and it is now financially much stronger than it has been for a long time. It will continue to thrive and I am sincerely looking forward to returning very soon.”
Cellino was disqualified in December after The Football League received Italian court documents relating to tax evasion. In a statement, The Football League said:
“The League has been notified by Leeds United that its President, Massimo Cellino, has resigned from his position in accordance with with the recent decision of the PCC.”
“In addition, a further misconduct charge against Mr. Cellino and the club for failing to supply the Italian Court judgment to The Football League when it first became available will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission in due course.”
Mr Cellino will return to the club on April 10th and signed his statement off with the words “Still Marching on Together.”