The owners of Leeds United have sold a 10 per cent stake to Bahrain-based International Investment Bank, the English soccer club said in a statement on Thursday.
Dubai-based GFH Capital bought The Championship (second division) club in December after protracted negotiations lasting more than six months and despite concerns over their financial firepower.
“The introduction of IIB is in keeping with what have always been GFH Capital’s aims for the successful, sustainable and long term ownership of Leeds United FC,” David Haigh, deputy chief executive of GFH Capital, said on the club website (www.leedsunited.com).
IIB’s chief executive, Aabed Al-Zeera, will join the Leeds City Holdings Limited.
Leeds, who suffered financial problems and dropped down the leagues after reaching the 2001 Champions League semi-finals, are 10th in the Championship and retain only slim hopes of making the playoffs for a place in the lucrative Premier League.