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  • Andrew Andrew Oct 10, 2011 15:11 Flag

    Who owns Leeds United?

    Here is a link to a preview of ‘Who Owns Leeds United: An Inside Out Special’ ,BBC One (Yorkshire) - 10 October 2011, 1930 BST: Also available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after transmission. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/15241344.stm
    With Leeds and the Football authorities closing ranks, it is unlikely that David Conn has found a smoking gun
    “…we asked Leeds United and Bates to appear for an interview to discuss these issues, but he declined….”
    “We asked the Football League's chairman, Greg Clarke, on to the programme, to explain why the League approved the declaration Leeds made that nobody owned 10% or more of the club, without the League actually ever being shown who the shareholders were, so they could see the evidence for themselves. Clarke too declined to be interviewed.”
    However, there is some hope that the government will now take action.
    “The committee [the House of Commons select committee for culture, media and sport, on 29 July 2011] called for the Football Association, the national game's governing body, to investigate who owned Leeds between 2005 to 2011, with the assistance of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs if necessary.
    Three months on, the FA has not responded to the report. It is waiting for the government to issue its response, due this month.”

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    • Don't know all the inns and outs of this sad situation but I really feel for you guys as regards the frustration and negativity factor. The club needs to move on, it wouldn't be so bad if the guy Bates at least gave the fans some signs of progress. I keep repeating the guy up here, Ashley---the Magpie fans hate the tw@t, but at least he's kept the momentum moving.
      It's dragging on and on, could an overseas mogul move in and clear the decks or is there more to it than that.
      H

    • Andy just read a piece about tonight that is not going to be shown stating someone offered £10 million which would of saved us not having to be put into Administration -
      Link have a read
      http://www.thesquareball.net/leeds-united/2011/10/10/revealed-the-10m-that-could-have-saved-leeds-from-administration/

      • 1 Reply to Lottolee
      • Thanks for the link, Lotto. The article shows Bates' regime's bullying tactics but not much more. As Elland Road and Thorp Arch are owned by anonymous offshore trusts ('sound familiar!) the negotiations with Leeds City Council were probably just Bates 'trying it on' - to have his cake and eat it too.
        I can see why the BBC documentary will not include this material as, although reprehensible, the negotiations reveal no actually illegal acts. The nub of the case against Bates has to be about him lying about not owning/owning Leeds before and after he put the club into administration.
        IF the government acts on its stated intentions to investigate Bates (this may only happen if fans petition their MPs) then, as well as a holiday in the big house for Ken, I hope there are also consequences for his mates - including KPMG, the Football League, and the Football Association.