Football boss’ daughter drops out of uni over abuse from fans
Leeds owner claims disgruntled fans targeted her
Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino claims abuse from football fans forced his daughter to leave uni.
23-year-old Eleanora Cellino has quit studying at university in Leeds and has moved to London.
Eleanora, who had been studying Fashion at the university, is known for posting sultry pics on Instagram, including family snaps of her with her dad, and a photo at the Leeds United ground captioned “at the church #love”.
The 23-year-old has since deleted her account.
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Italian businessman Massimo said his daughter couldn’t walk down the street without being sworn at by irate Leeds supporters.
The Cellino family, who moved to the UK from Caligari in February 2014, have also faced online abuse.
Irrational, narcissistic, vindictive, fickle, arrogant, dishonest, deluded, spineless… Massimo Cellino. One man, many adjectives. #lufc
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At a press conference, Massimo Cellino said: “I’m used to these things. Maybe it’s bad what they did to my daughter. She was loving staying at University in Leeds with my wife and me.
“Now she’s moving to London because she’s been through things with the fans. They tell her your father is a c-word, your father is a mother… (sound effect to symbolise a swear word), you are a —- because of your father.
“And she said: ‘I don’t stay here anymore. I cannot even walk down the street.”
Massimo Cellino, who has three previous convictions for fraud, deception, embezzlement and false accounting, has been owner of Leeds United since the end of January last year.
He has been criticised for his indecision over manager Neil Redfearn, which may have been a factor in Eleanora’s decision to leave university.
Cellino said: “So what should I do? Sell the club to someone who wants to come here? Or should I keep Neil Redfearn so the fans will be happy and my wife can walk here?”
The side drew 0-0 in their last match against Rotherham United and finished 15th in The Championship.