Massimo Cellino 'appeals against Football League's decision to block Leeds takeover'

Massimo Cellino, President of Cagliari before the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Atalanta BC at Stadio Nereo Rocco on August 25, 2013
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Massimo Cellino appeals against the Football League's decision to block his takeover of Leeds United.

Massimo Cellino has reportedly formally appealed against the Football League's decision to block his takeover of Leeds United.

The Italian businessman had originally agreed with the Championship outfit to secure a majority stake in the club.

However, the 57-year-old was recently found guilty of tax evasion, which resulted in him failing the Football League's Owners' and Directors' Test.

Following the verdict, Cellino's UK lawyers revealed that they would appeal the decision as the Italian believes that Leeds are in desperate need of investment.

According to PA, an appeal has formally been made, with proceedings due to get underway within the next two weeks.

Cellino insisted that he was not a "dishonest person" following the decision.

Chairman Ken Bates of Leeds United talks to the press during a press conference at Elland Road Stadium on January 27, 2005
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