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Leeds face April hearing over points penalty

The date for Leeds United's arbitration hearing into their 15-point penalty has been set for mid-April, reports the Yorkshire Post.

Last Friday, League One Leeds United accepted the Football League's offer of an independent panel to hear their case against the 15-point penalty imposed on them before the start of the season. They were then waiting to be a given a date for the hearing.

With the League One season due to end on May 3rd, Leeds were seeking as early a date as possible for the three-man panel to weigh up the evidence from both sides.

Although nothing has been announced publicly regarding when the hearing will take place, the Yorkshire Post has learned that it will take place in the week beginning April 14th.

By then, Leeds will have only three games left in their programme, with two away trips to Millwall and Yeovil Town being followed by the visit of Gillingham to Elland Road on the final day of the campaign.

If Leeds succeed in reclaiming some or all of the 15 points deducted from them on the eve of the new season for what the League regarded as a failure to follow their rules on coming out of insolvency, the League One table could be dramatically altered.

The three-man panel who will hear the case will consist of a neutral Court of Appeal judge plus one representative apiece nominated by Leeds and the League.

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