By Mark Smith

21st Nov, 2023 | 12:40pm

Leeds United avoided points deduction after new Tottenham reveal on Tuesday

Leeds United are said to have avoided a points deduction back in 2017 after Massimo Cellino breached rules relating to unlicensed agents, according to The Times.

The newspaper reported on its website on 21 November that the controversial Italian was involved with agents during the transfer of Ross McCormack even earlier in 2014.

It comes after a new reveal that Tottenham escaped punishment after an unlicensed agent was allegedly used to sign at-the-time Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe.

Cellino was banned from football for one year after his breach and was also charged £100,000 in 2017, but the club “avoided” a points deduction.

However, club directors were ordered to attend education programmes regarding the use of football intermediaries in the future – something that has not popped up again since.

No shock.

Anything to do with Cellino and potential carnage at Leeds should come as no surprise, with his time at the club nothing short of catastrophic.

No doubts about it though, a points deduction at that time of the club could have been catastrophic and sent Leeds back into League One at a time when it looked close to things being turned around.

There was renewed hope that mainly came with the performances of McCormack at the time, and not long after, mainly when Cellino left, it was all positive.

The FA have said that if more information becomes available, they may investigate the Tottenham matter even further, so it would be no surprise to see something come of that.

Leeds and Cellino did not escape in the end though, and thankfully, it was the Italian who felt the force of the punishment and not the club thanks to his actions.

In other Leeds United news, one loanee has been described as a “Goblin” after an international stinker this week