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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 11:12 GMT
Leeds urge court to act quickly
Leeds chairman Ken Bates
Leeds chairman Ken Bates is challenging the Football League (Getty Images)
Leeds United have urged the High Court to act quickly over their legal challenge against the Football League for their 15-point penalty deduction.

The League One club were docked points for breaching the Football League's rules on insolvency.

Leeds served a writ against the League in response and hope to have a decision before the end of the season on 3 May.

Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "It's only fair for everybody that the decision is made before that date."

In a news conference on Monday, Harvey added: "We have now issued proceedings in the High Court against the Football League asking them to examine whether their decision was in accordance with their own regulations.

We are all fully committed to trying to regain the unprecedented deduction of the 15 points

Leeds United chief executive Shaun Harvey

"We don't want any play-off issues, promotion issues or relegation issues to be dragging on any longer than the end of the season - that's not fair to everybody involved.

"We are seeking an expedited hearing for that to be able to take place and we will keep everybody informed as it goes along as to what progress we are making.

"We are all fully committed to trying to regain the unprecedented deduction of the 15 points."

The penalty was imposed by the Football League for the way Leeds exited administration and was upheld at a meeting of the other 71 league clubs.

Chairman Ken Bates told the news conference: "I think it's in the interest of the league themselves to have the matter resolved one way or another because at the moment their whole constitution is in question.

"They have two other clubs to look at - Luton and Bournemouth," he added.


"What happens if they find themselves in a similar situation to us? Are they going to give them their [Football League] share back to a new company via special circumstances?

"Are they going to fine them 15 points on top of the 10 they've already lost, or are they not? And if not, why not? Every club must be equal."

Leeds are currently eighth in the League One table, but if the 15 points were returned to the club they would move up to second place.

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