Potential Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino wants previous convictions disregarded?

Cellino: 'Previous convictions spent'
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Massimo Cellino's representatives reportedly urge the Football League to disregard his previous convictions as 'spent' as he looks to finalise the purchase of Leeds United.

Representatives of Massimo Cellino have reportedly urged the Football League to ignore his previous convictions as the Italian looks to complete a takeover of Leeds United.

Cellino's bid to buy 75% of the Yorkshire club from GFH Capital is currently being reviewed by the League to see if he passes the owners' and directors' test.

In 2001, he received a suspended sentence for false accounting, while a 1996 fine for fraud was overturned on appeal.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Cellino's lawyers have argued that both convictions should be viewed as 'spent' and not affect the League's decision.

On Friday, it was reported that Cellino's company, Eleonora Sport Ltd, had agreed to buy a majority share in the football club for £25m from GFH.

However, as it is still to be ratified, Brian McDermott's sacking as manager on Friday night has been thrown out, and he remains in charge of the football club for now.

With the Italian's deal yet to be sewn up, GFH are now said to be considering an offer from another consortium.

Brian McDermott  gestures during the npower Championship match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on May 4, 2013
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