London - Massimo Cellino, Leeds United's controversial Italian owner, can continue as a club director while waiting for his appeal to be heard, the Football League ruled on Tuesday.
Cellino was banned from holding office and ordered to step down from the second-tier Championship club's board on December 29, after failing the League's owners and directors' test earlier in the month.
But the governing body has now reached agreement with the Italian's legal team and he will be allowed to stay on as a club director while his appeal is being considered.
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The appeal will be heard on January 15 and a League statement read: "The original decision required Mr. Cellino to resign as a director of Leeds United and cease acting as a 'relevant person' in line with Football League regulations by December 29.
"The League has agreed to defer that deadline until two days after the handing down of the final decision of the PCC."
This latest development means Cellino will continue in his role of club president throughout the January transfer window, while the appeal verdict is scheduled for three weeks after his hearing.
Cellino had successfully appealed against the League's decision to block his takeover of Leeds in April, but after receiving further evidence from the Italian court that convicted him of tax evasion in March, the governing body ruled he was not fit to continue as the club's president.
The League ruled the 58-year-old would be able to resume in his role at Elland Road on March 18 when his conviction is spent under UK law.
Cellino, currently in Miami, announced he was prepared to stand down on December 29 to safeguard Leeds from further sanctions.