Cellino Court Case Adjourned

Last updated : 15 June 2015 By .

News website Cagliaripad said Cellino's court case for failing to pay import tax on a yacht, Lucky 23, was scheduled to resume in Sardinia on October 16.

Cellino was convicted of a similar offence involving another yacht, Nelie, in March last year and was fined 600,000 euros.

That conviction led to the former Cagliari owner being disqualified for four months by the Football League from having any executive influence at Leeds.

The League ruled that because the tax offence involving the yacht Nelie had been confirmed by the Italian judge to have been a dishonest act, Cellino failed its owners' and directors' test.

Cellino returned to office at Leeds following the expiry of his ban on May 3 and has since had his Leeds ownership status approved by the League.

The 58-year-old is currently appealing against his disqualification through the Football Association's arbitration process.

He claims the guilty verdict against him in Italy should not be classed as a formal conviction until it has passed through three stages of appeal, an argument which was turned down when he challenged his League disqualification earlier this year.

Cagliaripad said that the yacht Lucky 23 had been imported from the USA to Italy in a container in May 2011 and that Cellino had been charged with failing to pay 84,122 euros on tax duty.

Cellino faces a further charge of tax evasion on a Range Rover and this case is due to be heard in Italy on June 23.