By Harvey Byrne
Leeds fans were not too surprised on Twitter after owner Massimo Cellino was caught trying to surpass third party rules.
The Italian businessman was filmed by the Telegraph suggesting the firm should become a shareholder in his club, in return for which it would receive a portion of his players’ sell-on fees.
The owner proposed a way that the fund could effectively finance the purchase of players and then profit from their sale in a meeting at Leeds training ground with football agent Pino Pagliara.
“You’ve got something, a logic to become partners… Because you are financing the club with £12 million and you got 20 per cent of the sell-on of the players,” said Cellino, as quoted by the Telegraph.
Leeds fans took to social media following the revelations, with many airing that it was finally time for him to leave the club.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Spade (@northern_roller) September 28, 2016
— Amy Walker (@amy_cw) September 28, 2016
No way that Cellino will survive this, Bates' puppet will have to act. He's a dead man walking imo. #lufc
— James8303 (@James83303) September 28, 2016
So the Telegraph have confirmed that Cellino is a crook.
In other news – Grass is Green………….#lufc
— Jimmy Sheridan (@jimmers61) September 28, 2016
— Donald Jones (@dwj66) September 28, 2016
— Tommo (@LUFC1992) September 28, 2016
Massimo Cellino's involvement isn't a surprise. An arrest warrant in the IS Arenas case said he has "marked criminal tendencies" #lufc
— Steve Oh Oh Oh (@stevo_marky) September 28, 2016
Cellino took over the club in 2014, but isn’t a popular figure at Elland Road after numerous managerial changes and player sales have seen the famous club remain as a mid-table Championship side.
Garry Monk’s outfit are currently sat in 14th place and they will be keen not to let the current reports affect them as they host Barnsley in a Yorkshire clash on Saturday.