Leeds fans in Preston demo

Massimo Cellino at Elland Road
Massimo Cellino at Elland Road
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Leeds United football fans crossed the Pennines to stage a “peaceful” protest outside the offices of the Football League in Preston on Tuesday.

The supporters were demonstrating against what they say is unfair treatment following a decision by the League to ban Massimo Cellino from acting as owner and director at Elland Road.

The ban, which Cellino is appealing against, relates to a tax conviction imposed on him by a court in Cagliari, Italy.

In a statement, the organisers of the protest said: “Whilst we respect that the Football League has a duty of care and responsibility towards its member clubs to look after their ‘best’ interests, we refuse to accept how recent decisions can be in the ‘best’ interests of Leeds United Football Club with regards the ownership of Leeds United Football Club.”

The statement stressed the action was a “peaceful protest”. It also said the demo had received the approval of the police in Preston.

The League also recently handed Leeds a transfer embargo banning them from signing players permanently this month, owing to financial losses. Blackburn and Nottingham Forest also received the same punishments.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We are aware of the protest and we are keeping an eye on it.”