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A sign Cellino has changed his tune at Leeds United?

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is keen to win his battle against the Football League.

Has Massimo Cellino changed his tune at Leeds United?

The controversial owner has given a sign he does not intend to walk away imminently, and wants to win his battle against the Football League.

Cellino's lawyer Giorgio Altieri told Italian newspaper La Republicca that he is prepared to take his ban above the Football League's head, if his appeal is unsuccessful

Alitieri explained Cellino is willing to take his case to the High Court, and even to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Football League released a statement at the end of last month confirming they had suspended Cellino from running Leeds, in relation to a tax case in his native Italy.

Cellino has appealed the punishment, denying any wrongdoing, and is permitted to remain in charge until his case is heard.

The comments from Cellino's lawyer are a sign of a renewed determination from the Leeds owner with regard to the club.

A fortnight ago it seemed as if he was set on departing, telling BBC Radio Leeds he would sell the club to Leeds Fans United, before later opting against an agreement, after the group had pushed for exclusivity.

Rumours have continued to swirl regarding a potential sale, while SkySports reported last week Cellino could go into partnership with an investor.

Cellino is a headstrong character and may just want to prove a point and clear his name, which in itself is justified if he genuinely feels there is no wrongdoing.

Yet the amount of money which could total up in legal fees should the case go to the European Court of Human Rights, could surely be better spent on new players for the club, and if it got this far it would underline why so many fans are fed up of him already, and just want a fresh start. The signs appear to be that he is not willing to relinquish control just yet.

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