Within 24 hours, HMRC have been paid, as have the players who were still waiting for 35% of their wages - and according to the Italian, everyone else will be paid too. To anyone looking on, you'd expect the Football league to be delighted that Leeds were paying their way out of their troubles and avoiding administration. Surely this is a good day for the Football League...not when Leeds United are involved.
In confirming their decision, the Football LEague stated "In the current absence of detailed reasons for the conviction from the Sardinian Court..." which was interpreted by some to mean the Football League may review their decision when the detailed reasons are received, expected in a couple of months from the Italian Judge.
Any rumours that Cellino may then be banned are largely unfounded, and would be a first for the Football League. The Fit and Proper test is undertaken at the point of sale, and is not an ongoing criteria of the league. In the absence of any clauses being confirmed by the League yesterday, there does not seem to be a way back, regardless of any further information about the tax ruling, or indeed, any other action taken against Cellino in the future.
The Football League would also be hard pressed to substantiate a reason to allow Cellino in, allow him to invest in the club and clear debts, only to ban him later.
So it looks plain sailing from this point in, certainly in terms of the Football League and ownership - although this is Leeds United of course, so never say never!
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