Leeds Fans United clarify position with statement amid Cellino protests

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Leeds Fans United have insisted they are not anti or pro Cellino.

Amid mounting protests against Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, a key supporters group have moved to clarify their position.

Leeds Fans United are the collective attempting to buy a stake in the club, claiming a provisional agreement was in place with the Italian late last year.

Cellino backtracked on that, although his position regarding his future at Leeds is unclear.

On Thursday an advert was placed outside Elland Road criticising Cellino for breaking promises to the club's support, which The Mirror report is the beginning of a renewed effort to convince the owner to sell up and move on. 

Leeds Fans United (LFU) have moved to distance themselves from the activity, issuing a statement on their website, explaining they are neither in favour of or against the Italian's club policies.

It read: "Leeds Fans Utd has always been a single issue organisation – we want fan ownership at Leeds United. Our original focus was the minority share owned by GFH.

"It was only when Massimo offered to sell us the club that we switched our focus to a majority share. We now understand the mechanics of doing either a minority or majority deal and continue to look for ways to make this happen.

"For clarity, we are neither pro or anti Cellino. We have supporters of LFU in both of these camps, but it isn’t our role to police, facilitate or represent these views. We are business people and behave accordingly."

If LFU are to succeed in their goal, they will have to work with or negotiate with Cellino at some stage, and need to ensure the relationship is cordial.

If Cellino thought they were connected to the fan protest then he could refuse to deal with them, so it is important from LFU's perspective they clarify their desire to remain neutral during an emotive moment of protest.

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