Wanda Group Eyes Stake In AC Milan Ladbrokes Fans Take On Digital Role Innovate Aquires Wexford Park Rights Dunkin' Donuts Sorry For Mock LFC Crest Man City Signs Deal With Surf Soccer Man City Waits On Outcome Of FFP Case Chelsea Signs $308M Deal With Yokohama Sky Sports Acquires MLS TV Rights FIFA Won't Pay Compensation To Clubs Russell Crowe Tweets Interest In Leeds
Enter amount in full numerical value, without currency symbol or commas (ex: 3000000).
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD Global/March 6, 2014/Franchises
Takeover Of League Championship Side Leeds In Balance As Cellino Accused Of Tax Evasion
Published March 6, 2014
The proposed takeover of League Championship side Leeds United by Serie A side Cagliari Owner Massimo Cellino "could collapse this month if Cellino is found guilty in a Sardinian court of failing to pay tax which prosecutors allege was due on a yacht he took to Italy" from the U.S., according to David Conn of the London GUARDIAN. Cellino "is accused of illegally evading paying" €400,000 import duty on the yacht, which was seized in Cagliari in '10. At a court hearing in Cagliari last week, Sardinian public prosecutor Andrea Massidda argued for a €1.17M ($1.6M) fine to be imposed on Cellino, "and for the yacht to be confiscated." It is now assumed "the League will await the outcome of the tax evasion case against Cellino before making any decision." If Cellino is convicted, "it is almost certain he will be barred from completing his purchase of a 75% stake in Leeds." Cellino's lawyer in Sardinia, Giovanni Cocco, said that Cellino "is intending to plead not guilty to the tax evasion charge" in court on March 18. Cocco explained that Cellino's defense is that the yacht was owned by a U.S. company "and that Cellino was not bound to pay tax on it" (GUARDIAN, 3/5).