Leeds boost? Massimo Cellino gets paid €2 million after TV payout row

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Massimo Cellino will be richer when he returns to Leeds United.

Massimo Cellino has not had a good start to 2015, but life may be suddenly looking up for him.

In early January the Football League upheld a decision to ban him from owning Leeds United, deeming him not fit and proper due to an unpaid tax conviction.

He is eligible to return to Leeds when his record is considered spent in April, but in the meantime has stepped down from his role.

When he returns, as chairman Andrew Umbers confirmed to the BBC he would earlier this month, he will be richer as a result of a TV rights row in his native Italy.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Serie A side Cagliari have won a drawn out case against the city council over television rights.

The result is Cagliari have won €2 million from the council who had at the time taken the money due to unpaid fees on the club's stadium.

Yet the club will not benefit. When Massimo Cellino sold the club, he drew a clause into the contract which stipulated he would receive the entirety of the fee owed.

Gazzetta report the money therefore will be going directly to him, rather than the club's current ownership.

The only disappointment for Cellino will be the low foreign exchange rate at present, with the money converting to £1.47 million.

Yet with money needed to sign loan players on a permanent basis, bring in new signings in the summer, and put towards the long-term goals of buying the stadium and clearing debt, any boost like this is welcome.

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