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Bates insists there is no issue with Leeds ownership

Fri 8th Apr 2011 | Clubs Ownership

The mystery surrounding the ownership of Leeds United will not cause any problems should the Yorkshire club be promoted to the Premier League insists chairman, Ken Bates.

The Leeds chief executive, Shaun Harvey, told MPs last month the club's owners are a holding company called FSF based in the West Indian island of Nevis, owned by three discretionary trusts.

Bates, the Leeds chairman, yesterday 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."

Speaking at the inquiry into football being held by the select committee on culture, media and sport on Tuesday Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore told the committee that if Leeds were to be promoted the Premier League would apply rules in a stricter manner than the Football League have.

"The Football League have chosen not to apply the rule as robustly as we think we will be applying it," he said. "The Football League have one view of how to interpret that rule and we have a more stern or harsh view of what the rule means,” said Scudamore.

"Our clubs absolutely agree unanimously that we should tell the public who owns the clubs and anything short of that is inadequate."

But Bates, believes they are "missing the point": "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," he said.

"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."

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