Garry Monk responds to Massimo Cellino allegations

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk refused to answer questions on Thursday when quizzed about Massimo Cellino being named in the Telegraph investigation into corruption in football.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was filmed by the newspaper offering undercover reporters posing as an investment firm a way to circumvent FA and Fifa third-party ownership rules.

Monk was asked for his view on the controversy at a media conference on Thursday ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Barnsley on Saturday.

As quoted on the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, the manager refused to respond and referred journalists to the club statement issued on Wednesday night when the allegations were made public.

Leeds issued a statement on their official website that claimed the footage of their owner amounted to a “non-story” as Cellino “made a perfectly proper suggestion which is entirely consistent with the FA’s regulations”.

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The Time to Go Massimo protest group want the controversial Italian to “relinquish all ties with Leeds United immediately”.

“Mr Cellino has shown time and time again he is unfit to run a club the size of Leeds United,” read the statement on Thursday by the Time To Go Massimo group.” The revelations in the Telegraph go further. By offering to bend the rules in this way, he has shown himself to be an unfit custodian of our great club.”

The 60-year-old owner is currently the subject of an FA inquiry into allegations that he agreed an illegal payment of £185,000 during the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.

The Telegraph has conducted an undercover investigation into a number of managers and owners across the country using an entrapment technique that has seen Sam Allardyce axed as England manager.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Cellino’s reported involvement.