Massimo Cellino: Leeds United wait on approval for owner's return

Massimo Cellino
Massimo Cellino stepped down from the Leeds board in January

Leeds United are waiting to find out if the Football League have approved Massimo Cellino's bid to return to the club's board.

He was banned from being involved with the Championship side until the end of the season after being found guilty of tax evasion in Italy.

Under League rules he will have to re-take the owners and directors test.

Cellino had previously stated he did not intend to return to the club until he had cleared his name independently.

A Football Association Rule K hearing would see Cellino take the Football League to an independent arbitration tribunal but, as yet, no date has been set for this hearing.

Despite still being banned, the League gave him dispensation to attend United's final game of the season against Rotherham on Saturday though it is thought he did not go.

The 0-0 draw with the Millers saw the Whites finish 15th in the table, although they could yet end up finishing 16th if Huddersfield are awarded three points following the abandonment of their game at Blackpool.

Head coach Neil Redfearn - Leeds' third boss of the 2014/15 season - is out of contract and it is uncertain whether the club will extend his deal.

His assistant Steve Thompson was suspended without explanation in April, prompting Redfearn to say he would have to consider his own future.

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