By Dan Plumley

6th Oct, 2023 | 8:10am

Legal battles expensive as 49ers appeal Leeds United & Jean-Kevin Augustin case - Finance Expert

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Dan Plumley has insisted that the change of ownership to the 49ers Enterprises will likely be behind Leeds United appealing the Jean-Kevin Augustin case once again.

The finance expert admitted that another appeal would come with “high” costs in legal fees, but the new owners could have more resources to throw at the battle.

AP reported on 21 September that Leeds are going back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the £24.5million currently owed to Augustin for a supposed breach of contract back in the 2019/20 season.

“It’s hard to put forward a concrete evidence argument for if they are more likely to win it,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“Certainly, when you look at any legal battle, you’re looking at the resources you’re able to throw at that legal battle.

So, we know that’s quite expensive and that they come at a high cost and that’s often where you see things settled out of court and things get left alone because the legal fees to go into the process are pretty high.

I would guess that is probably at play, I don’t know if you will see a change in decision, but certainly, if you’ve got more resources to throw at the legal case, that’s why you may want to go in.

It will be an interesting one, but you’d probably put that one down to the change in ownership structure rather than anything around the case unless there are new details that have emerged that have not yet made the public eye.”

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