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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino will be absent from Leeds United until May 3rd

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The Italian owner has been suspended until the end of the season.

Leeds United have certainly had a topsy-turvy season off the pitch. They have gone through managers like pints of milk and their owner Massimo Cellino has been in trouble throughout the campaign.

The Italian has been questioned over his suitability to run the club throughout his tenure at Leeds. In January, the Football League disqualified him from running the club after obtaining documents from his Italian homeland, where he had been found guilty of tax evasion in a court of law.

He failed in an initial appeal and has been away from the club since January 23rd.

Last month he said in a statement on the official Leeds website that he would not return when his ban ended on April 10th, instead he would wait until the end of the season to return to the club.

Now, he no longer has a choice.

The Football League released a statement earlier today confirming that by not contesting the charge his period of disqualification had been extended until May 3rd, the day after the Championship season finishes.

The statement read:

"The club and Mr. Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge. As a result, Mr. Cellino’s period of disqualification as a ‘relevant person’, as defined by the regulations, has now been extended from April 10 until May 3, the day after the conclusion of the 2014/15 league season."

He can still challenge the decision at a tribunal, but considering his previous intent to remain away from the club during this process - it would seem unlikely.

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