(WFI) The owner of Leeds United has made an offer to repurchase his club’s home stadium.
The Championship club sold Elland Road in 2004 for eight million pounds while enduring a financial crisis. Massimo Cellino was approved as owner shortly thereafter and promised to buy it back, a goal he has to this point been unable to fulfill.
Businessman Jacob Adler currently owns the ground. The club can buy it back for a set fee by 2029, the end of the current lease.
The sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham is believed to have provided a large portion of the funds required for the purchase.
“The money from McCormack cannot be wasted,” said Cellino, according to The Guardian. “We sent a letter yesterday. My accountant sent a letter because we want our stadium back.
“I hope it will be done soon.”
Cellino added that there is urgency to get a deal done before November since the rent will go up then.
Napoli Ordered to Change Seats
Serie A club Napoli may have to purchase new seats at Stadio San Paolo due to safety concerns.
Talks were held last month between the club and UEFA about the stadium with the two sides thought to have come to an agreement.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport now says a number of seats need to be replaced at a cost of up to six million euros.
Disappointment Follows San Jose Match
A stadium which will host one San Jose Earthquakes match a year for the next five years is facing criticism after a Sunday contest.
The new Levi’s Stadium is a 70,000-seat venue built to host the San Francisco 49ers, the city’s American football club.
However, fans in attendance at the Major League Soccer club’s match there on Sunday complained of parking and public transportation difficulties as well as a lack of beer at some concession stands.
Just under 49,000 fans were in attendance, well shy of the crowds that will come out for 49ers games this fall.
“It wasn’t perfect, but we expected it not to be perfect,” said 49ers official Jim Mercurio.
Handicapped fans also had difficulties, saying the road indicated for handicap dropoff was actually closed.
The hurdles come on the heels of San Jose reaching an agreement to play one match at the stadium for each of the next five seasons.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin