Leeds cleared to play new sea­son, but start with 15-point penalty

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LEEDS UNITED have been granted per­mis­sion to take part in the up­com­ing League Two sea­son, but must start the cam­paign with a 15-point de­duc­tion.

Leeds hav­ing al­ready ap­pealed against the point de­duc­tion and their case will be heard at a fu­ture spe­cial meet­ing of all league clubs.

Doubts had been raised over Leeds’ fu­ture af­ter the club, bought back out of ad­min­is­tra­tion by chair­man Ken Bates, failed to agree a com­pany vol­un­tary ar­range­ment to pay off an ac­cept­able amount of their debts to cred­i­tors.

But the Foot­ball League in a state­ment said yes­ter­day: “The Foot­ball League board agreed that, not­with­stand­ing the man­ner in which this ad­min­is­tra­tion has been con­ducted, the club should be per­mit­ted to con­tinue in the Foot­ball League.

“How­ever, it is ac­knowl­edged the club did go into ad­min­is­tra­tion and has been un­able to com­ply with the terms of the League’s well-es­tab­lished in­sol­vency pol­icy.

“As a re­sult, the board de­ter­mined this trans­fer of mem­ber­ship should be sub­ject to Leeds United hav­ing a 15-point de­duc­tion ap­pli­ca­ble from the be­gin­ning of the 2007/08 sea­son.”

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