Emotionally wiping aware tears as he was congratulated by family and friends, Massimo Cellino today expressed his pride at having years of hard work recognised by the Telegraph’s football corruption investigation.
Cellino is one of four figures named so far in connection with improper dealings in English football, and the Leeds United owner greeted the news with glee, admitting that it was testament to the decades-worth of dodgy deals and backhanders he’s been involved in.
“Oh wow. It’s just wonderful. To be named by such a reputable source such as the Telegraph, alongside other wonderful footballing figures, is a dream come true,” said the Italian, adding that while he’s undoubtedly in it for the money, it is always nice to be officially acknowledged for your work.
“I was always very corrupt in Italy, and people doubted if I’d be able to emulate my success in England. I hope today proves that I have.”
At press time, Cellino insisted that he wouldn’t rest on his laurels, and that he hoped to be mentioned by the publication for years to come.