Leeds United Supporters’ Trust statement on the FA’s sanctions following the Ross McCormack illegal payments case
Following confirmed reports that Leeds United has been fined £250,000, and its owner and President Massimo Cellino has been hit with an 18 month ban and a £250,000 fine, the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust wishes to state that it is thankful the FA has finally acted, while also expressing a deep concern for the immediate future of the football club.
The Trust supports and respects the FA’s decision in its quest to rid football of corruption. However, we hope that the inevitable instability that this penalty brings does not affect the club and team, who are both performing so well at this present moment.
During recent months the club has made great strides commercially, with public relations and in putting some solid foundations into the football club. In the meantime the team has performed superbly to maintain a play-off position in the Championship table, and this on-pitch success must remain the primary focus, particularly with the vital January transfer window on the horizon.
We hope that Mr Cellino, with the Clubs best interests at heart, would not risk taking any further action that will possibly drag the Club and fans through more months of uncertainty while also burdening the club with even more costs in what could potentially be an expensive, long and drawn out affair which is unlikely to have a beneficial outcome for the Club, fans or himself.
The Trust expects there will now be unavoidable speculation over the ownership of the club, and it is hoped that the team’s fortunes and the club’s wellbeing are held paramount by all parties throughout, whilst transparency is maintained and Leeds United fans are kept informed at all times and where appropriate.