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Massimo Cellino Loses Appeal Against Football League

The Football League have today confirmed that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has lost his appeal against the Football League's disqualification ruling.

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For once Leeds fans haven't had to wait long but the Football League confirmed on Monday that owner Massimo Cellino has lost his appeal against the Football League's disqualification ruling that barred him from being a director at the club.

A three-man Professional Conduct Committee heard the appeal from Cellino on Thursday but they have now upheld the ban.

The Football League board banned Cellino in December after they ruled his conviction in Italy for tax evasion was a "dishonest act". As a result he failed the fit and proper owners and directors' test.

Cellino is now banned from being an owner or director until April 10, 2015, but the future is still unclear both short and long term.

A statement from the Football League read:

As are result of this decision, Massimo Cellino is disqualified from acting as a 'relevant person', as defined by Football League regulations until April 10, 2015.

"The Football League will provide any assistance requested by Leeds United to help it minimise, as far as possible, the effect this decision has on the club while Mr. Cellino serves his period of disqualification."

Leeds have since responded to the decision, admitting that they are surprised by the ruling. The club are set to appeal today's failed appeal (confusing I know).

"Mr Cellino would like to thank the fans, sponsors and members of the wider footballing community that have given him overwhelming support, not just since the disqualifying order was issued but since he arrived at the club.

"We are surprised and disappointed by the verdict, however we are continuing to take legal advice.

"We will release further statements in due course."

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