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Cellino attacks Football League over Leeds block

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino is angry being blocked from buying Leeds United.

The Daily Mail says Cellino has hit out at the Football League and claimed they are hurting Leeds United, rather than himself, by blocking his bid to take control at Elland Road.

The Italian businessman has appealed against the League's decision to prevent his company Eleonora Sports buying a 75 per cent stake in the strife-torn Championship club, just as he has contested a court conviction for evading import duty in his homeland.

"I cannot walk away because I have done nothing wrong,' he said. 'I am here to face the problems, and I hope they will let me run the club in the proper way. I have spoken to people there, and they understand I am a good person.

"I am not guilty of those charges, and I will prove it. The League should be looking after the clubs they represent, but I don't think they are doing the interests of the club any good with their stance against me. I don't think they are doing the right thing. They are hurting Leeds United, not Massimo Cellino, very deeply.

"I cannot pay the players' wages now. I cannot throw money away, knowing it may never come back. I am the manager of a company, and I have to respect the rules. But they will be paid at some stage, they have to be."

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