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Leeds United chairman comfortable with Premier League ownership rules

Leeds United Football Club chairman Ken Bates has insisted the npower Championship club would have no problems complying with the Premier League’s ownership rules.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had stated that as he understood the Premier League would require disclosure from Leeds that was over and above that which the Football League had required regarding who owns the Yorkshire club, with details of the exact owners not in the public domain.

In response to the comments, Bates told Yorkshire Radio:  "We are fully aware of Premiership rules because when the Football League drafted their rules they did them in consultation with the Premier League to make sure that they fitted in with each other and we satisfied the Football League.

"We know exactly what the requirements are of the Premier League rules and we do not anticipate any problems in meeting those requirements.

"I think it is a sad comment on this select committee when they have so many things to talk about and really look at in detail, and depth, all they are concerned about is Capello's contract and Leeds United.

"It says one of two things; Is this select committee entirely missing the point or, alternatively, there is not a lot wrong with the state of football."

Bates also commented on the club’s recent financial results which showed a profit of over £2m.

He said: "Behind the scenes at our club we are very pleased. We have a healthy club, no financial problems and we are trading profitably and trading carefully."


Scott Hobro

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