By Jack Cunningham

12th Oct, 2021 | 6:10am

Former Leeds United owner Cellino has his say on the Newcastle United takeover

Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has had his say on the recent takeover of Newcastle United and compared it to his time in England.

Speaking to Calcio Web, the controversial Italian believes that football is now happy to allow anyone to buy a club, while he faced “interrogation” when he tried to buy the Whites.

Cellino suggests that football in all places is not fair and that it will continue to attract dodgy people unless they make a major change.

He said: When I returned from England I found football totally changed, devastated. In England, before letting me buy Leeds, they made me a sort of interrogation. They wanted to know everything.

“However, people arrive who buy a company, but in reality, it is not known with certainty who owns it. And if football doesn’t go back to being fair and transparent, it will continue to attract dubious characters.”

Interesting claims from Cellino.

The Italian’s reign at Elland Road was a total nightmare for most Leeds fans, and he was found to have avoided taxes [Guardian].

Many other ridiculous things happened with Cellino in charge, so it is intriguing to see him have such a strong view regarding the way football is going [Daily Mail].

Now, he doesn’t explicitly name the Newcastle takeover, but it is pretty clear that he is referring to the recent deal that saw the Toon become the richest club in the world.

Cellino seems to have a rather interesting view on the way football is going, which would be fine if he was squeaky clean, but he isn’t, and while he was at Elland Road, he turned the Whites into a joke.

However, if Cellino is unhappy with the way football is going, then maybe we do need to have a serious look at how the game is operated and who controls it.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Robinson issues his verdict on potential signing.