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19th Sep, 2016 | 1:31pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds plead guilty to bung payment in £12m transfer

By Will Butcher

Leeds have decided to plead guilty to charges claiming that the Yorkshire giants made an unofficial payment of £185,000 to an unlicensed agent.

The payment occurred during the £12million sale of star striker Ross McCormack to Fulham in the summer of 2014, while Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of breaching FA regulations.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Chief Football Writer Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds have accepted that they broke the rules, and are expected to face a financial penalty.

However, the Yorkshire Evening Post have claimed that if former Cagliari owner Cellino is found guilty, he could face a ban from football just days after his company Eleonora Sports increased their stake in the club to 100 per recent.

A decision on Leeds’ punishment is expected to be reached this week, though a ruling for Cellino’s actions are unlikely to be reached as quickly.

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McCormack, who won both the players’ player and fans’ player of the year awards during his four-year stay at Elland Road, scored 58 goals and assisted another 31 during 157 league and cup encounters for the Yorkshire giants.

The Scotland international is now with Aston Villa after moving this summer for a similar fee to the price Fulham were told to pay by Leeds, and has scored two goals in eight league and cup games this season.

In other Leeds news, Pep Clotet has used two words to describe the state of Leeds at the moment.