Leeds United – the man from Football League he says “si”

cellinoai_3274366b“The Football League’s corrupt”

That’s the disgruntled mumblings by many a Leeds fan after a lot of things recently.

However, like the man from Del Monte, it seems that the FL have listened and have granted Leeds’ il capo, Massimo Cellino, permission to attend the final Leeds United game of the season, Rotherham at Elland Road on Saturday. With Cellino banned from having any executive influence on the club until Sunday 3rd May, the club itself requested that the Italian be allowed to watch the game, with permission being granted under certain circumstances. These circumstances are that he must be attending as a spectator only and must not “fulfil any role that would lead to him being defined as a relevant person under League regulations”.

Whilst the club has manage to wangle the necessary permission from the Football League, a body known to be tighter than a duck’s backside in water, it is unclear as to whether Cellino will be in attendance – as seen in the Tweet by BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope (below)

If Cellino does return to Elland Road on Saturday, it will be the first time since his resignation from the club and his relinquishing of ‘relevant person’ status on January 23 after he lost his appeal of being a fit and proper person following his conviction for failing to pay import duty on his yacht. Quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post (via the Daily Star), Cellino says,

“I don’t know. I haven’t decided. The Football League say I’m allowed to go but I don’t know what I’ll do. I need a clear head and I need to start again with everything next week. I’m not decided.”

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