Fans speak out over Leeds United ownership

Football Leagues/ Association and Governance | Football Supporters News

Supporters' groups, politicians and celebrity fans have all urged the Football League to reveal details of Leeds United's owners.

A holding company known as Forward Sports Fund has control of the League One outfit, but the identity of the firm's shareholders remains a mystery.

Having recently confirmed that the club's owners have satisfied its "fit and proper persons" test, the Football League has so far resisted calls to lift the shroud of anonymity.

However, figures such as sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe and Leeds-based indie band Kaiser Chiefs have led calls for the identity of majority shareholders to be made public.

"I would definitely prefer to know who owns Leeds United … 99 per cent of Leeds fans will want to know who owns the club," Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix told the Guardian.

Meanwhile, Sutcliffe insisted that "fans of any football club have a right to know who the owners are" and said that he would like to see "greater accountability" in the sport.

Kaiser Chiefs, who played a homecoming gig at Elland Road in 2008, took their name from the first club of former Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe.

Written by Terry Mitchell

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