English FA bans Leeds owner Massimo Cellino for 18 months
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 09, 2016 10:11 AM
FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 file photo the then Cagliari president Massimo Cellino gestures prior to the Serie A soccer match between Parma and Cagliari at Parma's Tardini stadium. The English Football Association has banned Leeds owner Massimo Cellino from serving as a club director for 18 months for breaking agent regulations. The ban takes effect from February 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini, File)LONDON (AP) — Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been banned by the English Football Association from serving as a club director for 18 months for breaking agent regulations.
Both Cellino and Leeds, which plays in the second tier, have also been fined 250,000 pounds ($314,000) over striker Ross McCormack's move to Fulham in 2014.
Cellino's ban takes effect from February.
"I am not guilty and I will take the right steps to defend myself through the tribunal. I feel that I am guilty of one thing, protecting Leeds United," he said.
The former Premier League club was bought by Cellino in 2014. It's been a period of turmoil on and off the field, with the Italian previously overturning a ban from the Football League.
Leeds is fourth in the League Championship.