By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been handed a 12-month ban from all footballing activity by the FA after a breach of transfer rules while in charge of the Whites, as reported to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster state on their website, relaying a statement from the FA, that the Italian’s appeal over the ban and a £100,000 fine were upheld by a tribunal after the punishment was handed out by the FA, having been found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.
The sanctions had already been reduced from an 18-month ban and a £250,000 fine handed out in December 2016 following a successful appeal in January, but he was unable to further reduce or have the charges dropped with his latest attempt.
The charges were made over Leeds’ sale of attacker Ross McCormack, who left the club for fellow Championship side Fulham in 2014 in a fee in the region of £11million.
The Scottish forward, now playing for Melbourne City on loan from Aston Villa, made 157 appearances for the club, scoring 58 goals and notching up a further 31 assists for the Whites.
Cellino meanwhile spent a controversial three years at the helm at Elland Road, having secured a deal to purchase the club in 2014, receiving three banning orders from England’s footballing authorities.
He sold 50 per cent of his shares to Andrea Radrizzani back in January of this year, before relinquishing full control in May.
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