Criminal investigation at Leed’s United’s Elland Road

Massimo Cellino
Massimo Cellino

A criminal investigation has been launched at Leeds United – after new owner Massimo Cellino discovered spy cameras at Elland Road.

The Yorkshire Evening Post understands police were called on Wednesday after the Italian ordered his team to conduct a security sweep of the ground.

In the latest shock development in the dramatic takeover saga, cameras were discovered in the boardroom and toilets.

That was not enough to prompt a criminal investigation.

But it is understood inquiries began into alleged theft over claims thousands of pounds in club funds had been used to pay for the kit.

West Yorkshire Police have given limited details, but have confirmed that they are carrying out inquiries following a complaint this week.

Head of crime for Leeds, Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, said: “We can confirm that police are investigating an allegation of theft relating to Leeds United Football Club following a report made by the club made on April 9.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and we are not in a position to give any further information about the nature of the allegation.”

No arrests have been made and the club has not yet commented on the investigation.

It is not known who had the cameras fitted.

Cellino took over on Tuesday after his £35million deal to buy 75 per cent of Leeds from Bahrain bankers GFH was approved last Saturday.

A spokesman for GFH refused to comment.