Leeds fans crank up pressure on controversial owner Cellino

Date published: Thursday 19th May 2016 4:00

Massimo Cellino: Popularity at an all-time low

Massimo Cellino: Popularity at an all-time low

Leeds fans’ group Time To Go Massimo have revealed plans to park an advertisement van with a ‘For Sale’ outside Elland Road to try and help Massimo Cellino sell the club.

Cellino, 59, charged by the Football Association with breaching regulations surrounding agents on Wednesday, said last week he wished he had never bought the club and reiterated his desire to leave Elland Road.

“Time To Go Massimo wish to extend any help we can give to Massimo Cellino in his aim of selling Leeds United Football Club,” said a statement released by the protest group.

“To this end, we have ordered from Drive-By Media a 5m x 2.5m ‘FOR SALE’ advertisement in the manner of a second-hand car advert to be parked outside the East Stand entrance (on Thursday) from 2pm to help him in his endeavour.

“‘FOR SALE – URGENT. One football club, used to be a great runner but now a project in dire need of restoration after several careless owners.

“‘Does not include stadium or training ground and may be liable to court cases. Willing seller, loyal but very fed up fan base. Price negotiable, unlimited potential.’

“We hope that this, alongside Massimo’s very well placed advertisement in The Times last Friday will hasten any and all enquirers into making an offer, and relieving Massimo of this sad, and lonely part of his life, and we will do all we can to help him return to his family who we are sure miss him dearly.”

A weary Cellino said in an interview with The Times that he had had enough and wanted to sell his controlling stake.

“It’s better to walk out, not because I’m dishonest but because I’m tired and hurt and lonely,” he said.

The FA’s charge is the latest in a catalogue of controversies that appear to have taken their toll on the former Cagliari owner.

The alleged misconduct refers to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in July 2014 and an illegal payment, reported to be £185,000, which Leeds agreed to make to agent Derek Day, on behalf of the player’s advisor, Barry Hughes, who is not licensed by the FA.

The Football League has yet to confirm whether his latest 223-day disqualification for a tax offence in Italy still stands after reports in his homeland that he had been acquitted by the Italian Court of Appeal over the non-payment of VAT on an imported Range Rover.

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