Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is already causing controversy at his new club Brescia after reports he’s banned the women’s team from playing at the stadium.
Cellino recently purchased the Serie B side after selling his remaining Leeds United shares in the summer.
Calciomercato have reported on Cellino’s refusal to allow Brescia women’s team to play their Champions League quarterfinal at the main stadium next month.
They are due to face Montpellier on the 8th of November, and it was expected they would be playing the tie at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti, like they have for previous big European games.
However, Cellino has vetoed this, and they now they’ll play Montpellier in Lumezzane, much to the displeasure of Brescia goalkeeper Chiara Marchitelli: “What does Cellino believe, that we would have destroyed the pitch? From a symbolic point of view it’s a really bad thing, but we can do nothing but accept and remain focused on our goal.
“We will play in Lumezzane without our audience, but with twice the rage in the body.”
Cellino purchased Leeds United in 2014, and his reign at the club was somewhat controversial. The Italian was hit with two FA bans during his time with Leeds United, and there were campaigns by the Elland Road faithful to get him out of the club.
The Leeds United fans finally got their wish when he sold his remaining shares to new owner Andrea Radrizzani.
It’s a wonder why Cellino seems so determined to annoy people so early on in his time at Brescia. After he managed to turn the Leeds United fanbase against him, it may have been nice for the Italian to get the Brescia support onside, and keep them there.
But where would be the fun in that?