Leeds owner Cellino gave this f-word advice last year, looks even more out of touch now

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino implored Charlton fans to support the team earlier this season. They have since been relegated.

Leeds United host to Charlton Athletic this weekend, hoping to go one better than their draw when they met earlier this season.

It is a fixture they will not repeat next season, with the Addicks recently relegated to League One.

Charlton fans have been vocal in their desire this season for controversial owner Roland Duchatelet to sell the club, having overseen a miserable couple of years since taking over.

There has been a lack of investment, young talent has been sold on, and managers have been hired and fired at a prolific rate.

One man well known for managerial changes himself is Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who was involved in a row with Charlton fans earlier this season when he was filmed outside The Valley when the two teams met, imploring them to: "support the f****ing team."

Well Charlton fans have given it their all, but their patience has been severely tested, and they have been in full protest mode of late.

Large scale marches have been held, games have been delayed with items thrown onto the pitch, and these events likely would have been taking place at Leeds United had the Whites suffered relegation under Cellino's controversial ownership.

There have been protests already at Leeds, but while the team are battling for the top 10 places and talking up play-off chances for next season, hope prevails over disgust.

Charlton fans have been deprived of that hope, and Cellino's earlier comments shouting down the protestors seems misguided. Addicks supporters were right in December that their club was being catapulted towards relegation, and until duchatelet leaves, fan anger is likely to grow.

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