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Football: Cellino completes protracted Leeds takeover

Italian businessman Massimo Cellino has officially completed his takeover of English second-tier side Leeds United, his lawyers announced on Tuesday. "Massimo Cellino has now been appointed a director of LUFC Holdings & ESL (Eleonora Sport Limited) has completed its purchase of 75 per cent of the shares of LUFC Holdings," Cellino's legal representatives Mishcon de Reya wrote on Twitter. Cellino, 57, will now take up a place on the Leeds board, two months after his Miami-based company ESL first agreed a deal to purchase 75 percent of the club's shares.

Football: Cagliari sack Lopez, reappoint Pulga

Serie A strugglers Cagliari on Sunday confirmed the sacking of Diego Lopez, who will be replaced by former coach Ivo Pulga. Cagliari on Sunday suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Roma and although seven points clear of the drop zone club president Massimo Cellino announced Pulga's return. In a telephone call to domestic news agency ANSA, Cellino said: "I've sacked Lopez, Pulga will be returning." Cellino, who recently saw his bid to take over Leeds United thwarted by a court decision over unpaid tax on an imported yacht, said recent results had left him with no choice.

Football: Cellino wins appeal over Leeds takeover

Massimo Cellino has won his appeal against a Football League decision to block his takeover of Championship club Leeds. Cellino agreed a deal two months ago for the Miami-based Italian's company, Eleonora Sport, to buy 75 percent of Leeds' shares. But the controversial tycoon was disqualified under the League's owners' and directors' test after being convicted of a tax offence last month in a court in Sardinia. The offence related to the non-payment of import duties on his yacht and resulted in a fine of 600,000 euros (£500,800) and the confiscation of the boat.

Football: Leeds players agree to defer wages

Players from Championship club Leeds United on Friday agreed to defer part of their wages for March after the club failed to pay them on time. Non-playing staff have received their full salaries, but following a meeting with the club's hierarchy and Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) officials, the players have accepted part-payment.

Football: English officials block Cellino bid for Leeds

Italian businessman Massimo Cellino has been barred from taking over fallen giants Leeds United, the English Football League announced Monday. The League said Cellino's recent conviction for a tax offence in an Italian court was a "disqualifying condition under its owners' and directors' test". However, the ruling by the Football League, the governing body for the three English divisions below the elite Premier League, leaves second-tier Leeds facing an uncertain future given Cellino has already put more than £2 million ($3.3m, 2.4m euros) into the Yorkshire club.

Football: English officials block Cellino bid for Leeds

Italian businessman Massimo Cellino has been barred from taking over fallen giants Leeds United, the English Football League announced Monday. The League said Cellino's recent conviction for a tax offence in an Italian court was a "disqualifying condition under its owners' and directors' test". However, the ruling by the Football League, the governing body for the three divisions below the elite Premier League, leaves second-tier Leeds facing an uncertain future given Cellino has already put more than £2 million ($3.3m, 2.4m euros) into the Yorkshire club. jdg/ea

Football League blocks Italian takeover of Leeds

LONDON (Reuters) - The Football League blocked Massimo Cellino from taking control of Leeds United on Monday after the Italian was fined for tax evasion, throwing the English second tier club into turmoil. Cellino, president of Italian Serie A club Cagliari, had agreed to buy a 75 percent stake in former English champions Leeds but the deal was conditional on clearance by the Football League. Dubai-based GFH Capital, who bought Leeds in December 2012, had planned to retain a 25 percent stake in the club had the deal been ratified.

Football: Cellino set to seal stormy Leeds takeover

Leeds United are finally set to be taken over by Massimo Cellino after the controversial Italian bought a 75 per cent stake in the business, the Championship club aanounced on Friday. Eleonora Sport, a company owned by the Cellino family, has purchased the stake in the English second tier team subject to Football League approval. Cellino's relationship with Leeds has already been a stormy one, with representatives of the Italian having dismissed manager Brian McDermott before the club reinstated him.

Football: Cellino set to seal stormy Leeds takeover

Leeds United are finally set to be taken over by Massimo Cellino after the controversial Italian bought a 75 per cent stake in the business, the Championship club aanounced on Friday. Eleonora Sport, a company owned by the Cellino family, has purchased the stake in the English second tier team subject to Football League approval. Cellino's relationship with Leeds has already been a stormy one, with representatives of the Italian having dismissed manager Brian McDermott before the club reinstated him.

Football: Nainggolan given Cagliari exit blessing - report

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has admitted Radja Nainggolan is almost certain to be sold during the transfer window despite the Belgian claiming he has yet to receive any offers, reports said Saturday. Belgian international Nainggolan has been in the sights of several bigger Italian sides in recent months, with Inter Milan -- now owned by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir -- reportedly among his suitors.
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