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Leeds United’s Mystery Men

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Fantastic article over on my favourite sport section, Guardian Sport, concerning the lack of transparency of Leeds United foreign owners.

Although the Premier League publish anyone who has 10% or more ownership in one of its clubs, the Football League does not have this requirement, and the mystery surrounding who is behind the club is causing tension between fans, and even politicians with figures such as Hugh Robertson of the Conservative party saying, “As with Parliament and many other areas of public life, transparency is going to be an increasing requirement and expectation. That includes publicly identifying the owners of football clubs. Football should reform its governance, to include greater supporter representation on the board of clubs”.

Although Leeds appear to be financially more stable than they once were, surely fans would feel entirely more comfortable about their teams ownership if they knew who were in control of parent company Forward Sports Fund.

Maybe only if Leeds achieve their dream of reaching back to the Premier League, that the fans will finally find out who the shadowy figures around their club are.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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