Since leaving the club, David Haigh has found himself imprisoned in a Dubai Police Cell, investigated for fraud and false accounting. The charges relate to a number of false invoices that is is alleged Haigh created and paid himself, all of which were just below his authorisation limit as Director. It is not clear if these matters form all or part of the reasons that Leeds dispute the money owed.
Since the Winding Up Petition was served, Leeds United have been hampered financially, with Bank Accounts frozen and staff being unable to be paid, plus certain credit facilities are either unavailable, or unsuitable for the club at present. Resolving the matter is essential if the plans put in place by Cellino are to be realised.
Although the Court has the authority to issue a Winding Up petition to Leeds if the court rules in favour of Sports Capital, it is unlikely that Leeds would be impact. Cellino would meet the bill, and defending the claim is seen only as a way of arguing the money is not a legitimate debt. It is also unclear if David Haighs incarceration could lead to further delays to the case, although there would be a strong case to argue the case should be dismissed for the time being, considering the financial impact it is having on the club at present.
The hearing is expected to last two days.
Once the case is resolved, Cellino is expected to move forward with his plans quickly, with the priority being confirmation of the new Leeds Manager expected by the end of this week.