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Cellino set to get FA approval, but can Together Leeds stop him?

Reports suggest that Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino will get the go-ahead to buy Leeds United, but he could be denied by Together Leeds.

The drama surrounding Leeds United's takeover rolls on as the latest reports suggest Massimo Cellino will be declared fit to own the club, but there could be competition.

According to The Guardian, Cellino is likely to pass the Football Association's test to see whether he is a 'fit and proper person' to own Leeds United.

The paper reports that while Cellino has a fraud conviction from 1996, his Italian lawyer Giovanni Cocco has revealed that it was expunged on appeal.

Cellino also has a conviction for false accounting dating from 2001 but that would be a spent conviction in English law and can't be held against him.

However, while Cellino may get the green light from English football's governing body, it may not guarantee he succeeds in taking over Leeds.

The Daily Mail suggests that Leeds' outgoing owners GFH Capital are ready to talk to the Together Leeds consortium, who want to oppose Cellino and have joined forces with Sport Capital, whose takeover deal collapsed last Thursday.

Together Leeds are led by former Manchester United director Mike Farnan and former Hull chairman Adam Pearson, who left his position as commercial director at Elland Road in 2001.

The uncertainty looks set to continue for a little while longer and the chaos has already affected manager Brian McDermott, who has been 'fired' and reinstated by Cellino even before he owns the club.

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