1 August 2007 :: by
Leeds United have described the decision by Football League clubs to uphold their 15 point penalty as "perverse".
More than 75% of Football League clubs both agreed that Leeds United deserved to be punished for breaching the FL insolvency rules and not to reduce the penalty.
Leeds United hit back with in a statement,
"Leeds United are amazed by the perverse outcome of Thursday's meeting of Football League clubs, which defied all logic, and we believe had arisen as a result of a serious misrepresentation of fact by the board of the Football League in their presentation.
"The only winner is HMRC and we believe the full ramifications of Thursday's decision will adversely affect football going forward for many years. Football Family' seems to be driven by self interest. The club is considering its options..."
A relaxed Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney was keen to emphasise,
"We have an agreement with Leeds, signed by both the League and the club, that they will not take any legal action against us and we will not take any legal action against them.
"That is a standard part of the agreement that every club signs when it comes out of administration.
"That has not been generated for the benefit of Leeds United, we've done that in the last 40 administrations and we did in this one as well."
Mawhinney need not have worried, everyone knows the benefit of that clause was to protect the Football League from Leeds United's lawyers not the other way around.
Contrary to some reports Leeds United have not run out of options. The decision of the Football League is subject to challenge at UEFA and FIFA levels, such appeals not constituting "legal action" as they do not take place in the High Court of England & Wales. In the geopolitical world in which football is no played neither body would like to hear a Football League crowing that the Leeds United have no where to go. Ironically, the entire Football League action was motivated by a desire to show that they were still in charge and that they hold power of life and death over clubs in England and yet their action may precipitate a reaction from outside the Uk that will undermine it.
The Football League have made up the penalties as they have gone along with this farce and UEFA will not be happy that the FL imposed such a huge penalty for a procedural misdemeanour that then calls into question UEFA's approval of the size of the points deductions imposed by the Italian League last season. Never under-estimate the powerful of egos of European football administrators.
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