Stan Collymore rips into Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

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Stan Collymore says Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is not fit to own the club.

Former Premier League and three-times capped international striker Stan Collymore has blasted Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.

The ex-Aston Villa, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest forward is a pundit and presenter on radio station Talksport, and had stern words regarding the Italian on his Monday evening show.

Cellino has been banned by the Football League for a tax conviction in Italy, the second time in as many seasons this has happened, with the announcement made on the same day the owner fired boss Uwe Rosler and replaced him with Steve Evans.

Collymore told Talksport: "He has a flippant attitude towards one of England's great clubs. Some get it right because they have so much money they can afford to make mistake after mistake.

"Massimo Cellino should not be allowed near the dog and duck pub football team, never mind one football's great traditional clubs Leeds United.

"This has to stop with Leeds United. Cellino should be run out of town, and anybody like him in the Premier League, Championship, north of order in Scotland, the football association, Premier League, Football League, should have stricter fit and proper persons test so these clubs are safeguarded... fans have had enough."

Collymore went onto add that he feels fans are with him more so than ever before, having criticised Cellino previously, he believes his views are held by the majority.

Cellino has further court cases pending in Italy, but told the Yorkshire Evening Post last week that he is confident of winning them.

He plans to appeal his current suspension, but a pragmatic view from the Football League would be to insist he remains banned until they are resolved, and if they go against him, it would count further towards their argument to block him running the Championship club.

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