Leeds fans react angrily on Twitter to Cellino punishment
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans reacted angrily on Twitter after the FA announced on Thursday that Massimo Cellino has been banned for 18 months from football.
The suspension, which takes effect from 1 February of next year, prevents the controversial owner of being a director of the club and any day-to-day involvement at Elland Road.
Cellino and Leeds have also been slapped with separate fines of £250,000 as the FA took a hardline stance, as revealed on their website, following a 12-month investigation into allegations of illegal payments relating to the £12million transfer of McCormack to Fulham on 8 July 2014.
Leeds and Cellino, who made a public statement after the outcome of the FA’s findings was leaked in a national newspaper on Wednesday, are expected to lodge an appeal now that the ruling body has announced its punishment.
Nevertheless, Leeds supporters took to social media on Thursday afternoon to express their anger that the controversial Italian had once again dragged the club’s name through the mud.
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Some said it was the perfect opportunity for Cellino to sell his stake in the club after it emerged last week that Italian sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani was in talks to buy a 50 per cent share in Leeds.
Others were concerned that the discord behind the scenes could derail the team at a time when they were flying high.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Daniel (@_Baggings) December 8, 2016
— Andrew Knox (@aknox158) December 8, 2016
It really is impossible for Leeds fans to enjoy football without that moronic clown ruining it for us #lufc
— Adam (@AdamGodfrey_93) December 8, 2016
— Subtle soccerist (@subtlesoccerist) December 8, 2016
— seatea (Chris) (@Seatea63) December 8, 2016
— DonnyLeeds (@donnyleedsfan) December 8, 2016
MC needs to just go now yet another reason for the FA to try and derail our positive season. Chin up boys. #lufc
— Noely Daniels (@noel33330) December 8, 2016
Leeds are fourth in the Championship heading into Friday night’s televised clash against second-placed Brighton at the AMEX Stadium.
The Yorkshire giants, who have never won at the venue, are looking to secure their sixth win in seven league matches and narrow the gap on the clubs in the automatic promotion slots.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered an update on his future and fans will be concerned.