Leeds United owner Cellino demands respect from fans

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino called on the club’s fans to respect him after open protests against his regime during United’s last two home games.

Leeds United's Massimo Cellino

Cellino has been suspended from running the club by the Football League, pending an appeal, and upset fans this week by reneging on a promise to sell the club to Leeds Fans United (LFU).

That followed calls for him to sell Leeds during the clash against Blackburn Rovers, which were sustained during the victory against Cardiff City on Tuesday.

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The opposition from fans caused Cellino to put the club up for sale, but he has now responded angrily, telling the fans that he rescued the club.

He said: “They have to respect me, I demand it. I have worked hard and saved Leeds United from the brink.”

However, he may have offered a small inkling of hope to LFU, telling them: “If they want the club and think they can do better than me, the club is available to them.”