Leeds United, Ex-Leeds United MD sentenced to two years in prison

Ex-Leeds United MD sentenced to two years in prison

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh has been sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of ‘breach of trust’ by the Dubai Criminal Court, according to reports.

Haigh has already spent over a year in jail without charge after being arrested in May 2014. Former employers Gulf Finance House, who previously owned a majority stake in Leeds United before selling to Massimo Cellino, accused Haigh of ‘misappropriating around $5 million of the company’s funds’.

The time spent in prison without trial, or access to funds to pay lawyers, left the former Leeds boss confessing in an interview back in March that he ‘was suicidal’ and ‘just wanted it all to end’.

Despite the conviction, Haigh intends to appeal the decision and has denied the allegations against him since his arrest. Arabian Business quote Haigh’s lawyers as saying “he maintains his innocence… He will be appealing immediately.”

The 38-year-old has countered the claims against him, stating that dishonesty from GFH lured him back to Dubai to be arrested. He is claiming damages for the suffering caused, loss of liberty, earnings and reputation.

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