Leeds United were yesterday dealt a fresh blow to their already almost insurmountable problems, when the Football League imposed a 15-point penalty on the West Yorkshire club.
The penalty means that Leeds will start their League One campaign on -15 points, and avoiding relegation to the depths of the Football League may prove 'a task too far' for the beleaguered Elland Road team.
The 'Super Whites' have appealed against the sanction, but are unlikely to have it reversed. Leeds have, for many years, been a thorn in the side of the English game for many years, and the football authorities now see this as a chance to finally 'banish them to the wilderness'.
A League spokesman said:
"This is our big chance to get rid of Leeds. Fifteen points should be enough, but the situation will be reviewed at Christmas and again in February if they are doing well."
Leeds United owner Ken Beast moaned:
"This amounts to victimisation. Life's just not fair!"