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Leeds Utd wait for appeal response this week

Leeds hope to learn this week whether their appeal against their 15-point deduction is likely to be heard by an independent review panel.

Chairman Ken Bates has asked the Football Association to intervene after the Football League hit Leeds with an unprecedented 15-point penalty for financial irregularities just before the start of the season.

Leeds' appeal will be discussed at an FA board meeting on Monday, but Soho Square chiefs are not expected to make a ruling themselves on whether the penalty should be reduced.

The FA does not have jurisdiction to overrule a Football League decision, but they could recommend a review by an independent panel.

Bates said: "I've said before, whether you agree or disagree with the outcome of the Tevez case, at least it was made by an independent tribunal, not by 64 self-interested competitors."

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