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SBD Global/April 2, 2014/Franchises
Massimo Cellino Must Wait For Outcome Of Appeal Over Leeds Takeover
Published April 2, 2014
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TURN UP THE RADIO: The INT'L BUSINESS TIMES' Nick Howson reported Cellino "launched a scathing attack" on GFH CEO David Haigh and Manager Brian McDermott "during an interview with a fans radio station." Cellino "was being unknowingly recorded" when he labeled Haigh, deputy CEO of current Leeds owners GFH Capital, as "dangerous" and criticized McDermott's regime "after the club suffered a 17th league defeat of the season to Doncaster Rovers." Though the Italian is confident of clinching an agreement with the Football League, "he warns a ruling against him will plunge the club into liquidation" and leave Leeds in the hands of Haigh while revealing that former Owner Ken Bates "remains behind the current ownership." Speaking unknowingly to fans radio station White Leeds Radio, Cellino said, "I think that unfortunately I am going to win. I am buying a lot of work, a lot of debt and never mind I can engage myself. It is a great club the only thing that works is the fans. The people who are running the club they don't understand, the treasure are the fans." He added, "David is a son of a bitch, he is dangerous, a f**king devil" (IB TIMES, 3/31).