By Russ Vernon
Leeds United are set to be on the brink of another ownership crisis again if an impending Italian legal judgment goes against owner Massimo Cellino, The Football League have confirmed.
FL have said Whites owner Massimo Cellino would have to sell up if the judgement goes against him.
Cellino, 58, successfully appealed against the Football League's initial decision to fail him in its fit and proper person test after he was found guilty of tax evasion in March.
But if Cellino is deemed to have acted in a dishonest way when the Italian judge publishes their long-overdue written reasons, then United could be plunged into fresh turmoil.
Former Whites and Current Football League Cheif Executive Shaun Harvey has said: "It was made very clear that when the written reasons are issued as part of the judicial process, if it is clear in there that the act was one of 'dishonesty', then at that stage he would fail the Owners and Directors Test and as such wouldn't be able to be a director of the football club or exert any control. He is under an obligation to divest himself of his shares at that stage. Things would move very quickly. We'd obviously give the club a reasonable period of time to organise its affairs because you wouldn't want to put the future of the club at risk immediately that you had a decision. It's a matter the Football League board would have to consider at that particular time. But it's exceptionally disappointing that we haven't actually had the judgment, if not only to draw a line under the whole scenario so that everyone knows where they are. It's a cloud still hanging over both the Football League and the club, and Mr Cellino himself."
So Cellino could have to sell up at Elland Road and the fans will begin to wonder who will own their club next?