The confusion over the ownership of Leeds United was clarified on Tuesday evening with the announcement that Ken Bates had bought the club.
The ownership of the club had been the focus of speculation since, under questioning from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Football Governance Enquiry, Shaun Harvey, the clubs CEO, admitted that he or Mr Bates did not know who owned the club.
He did reveal however that FSF Ltd, a company based in Nevis in the Caribbean, owned 73% of the shares and was in turn owned by three trusts based in Switzerland, with the owners of those trusts unknown.
With both the FA and Football League expressing their concerns regarding the secrecy of the clubs ownership, Bates has moved to quash the speculation.
In a statement on the clubs official website it was announced that: “Ken Bates has completed the purchase of FSF Limited for an undisclosed sum. FSF Limited is now owned by Outro Limited which is wholly owned by Ken Bates.”
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Kisnorbo shock return.
Patrick Kisnorbo is set for a shock return in the clubs final game of the season at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The Australian centre-back has been out of action since February 2010 when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in a 2-0 home defeat to Millwall.
Before that Kisnorbo had been a key part of the Leeds United team which had raced clear at the top of League One and defeated Manchester United and drawn at Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.
Following his injury, Leeds form collapsed leading them to only clinch the second automatic promotion slot on the final day of the season. Without him this year, United’s defence has struggled in the Championship conceding 69 goals this season.
Kisnorbo, who is out of contract at the end of the season told the Yorkshire Post: “It’s been a long year, but I’m back. I was in the squad (for the Burnley game), but unfortunately didn’t make the sub’s bench. That’s how it goes.” He then added: “I’ll just train as hard as I can and whether the manager decides to put me on or choose me (at QPR), that’s up to him. “It’s up to the gaffer. But if I can travel or play some part, I’ll be happy. We’ll see.”
Howson gets England call.
Leeds United’s Jonny Howson has been named in Stuart Pearce’s provisional squad for this summer’s UEFA U-21 Championships in Denmark. Howson, who was named the club’s young player of the year in the clubs end of season awards, has made just one appearance for the Young Lions in a friendly against Italy in February. Howson will link up with established full internationals such as Jack Wilshire, Micah Richards and Andy Carroll before Pearce whittles his squad down to 23 before the opening game against Spain on June 12.