Italian businessman disqualified from buying Leeds

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 11:01 AM

LONDON (AP) — English soccer authorities have blocked an Italian businessman from buying the second-tier club Leeds because of a tax conviction.

The Football League says Massimo Cellino's recent conviction in Italy constituted a "disqualifying condition under its owners' and directors' test."

The decision leaves Leeds in ownership limbo. Cellino has already paid more than $3.3 million into the northern England club.

Cellino has 14 days to appeal the Football League board's decision.

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