Decision deadline on Leeds' points appeal

April 18, 2008

Leeds have confirmed a decision over the validity of a 15-point penalty imposed on the club by the Football League will be made before the end of the season.

An independent tribunal will convene again for a fourth day on Monday and the outcome will be revealed by May 1 at the latest.

Leeds' lawyers are attempting to convince a three-man panel that the League acted outside their jurisdiction when docking the points at the start of this season as punishment for allegedly breaking competition rules on insolvency.

If the sanction is overturned and Leeds are given all their points back, the consequences in League One could be far-reaching.

Several of the club's promotion rivals - including Doncaster - have already threatened legal action depending on the outcome, which could see Leeds move into the automatic promotion places.

The League's sanction is being reviewed by a three-man panel, consisting of retired High Court judge Sir Philip Otton, former Premier League chief executive Peter Leaver and experienced lawyer Peter Cadman.

The tribunal, which got underway on Wednesday, was due to last three days but will now continue after the weekend.