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AHEAD OF THE GAME: EFL worry over Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani's role in rejected £300m buyout due to potential conflicts of interest Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was involved in a rejected buyout of the EFL  Radrizzani has no financial stake in American equity firm who made the offer The fact he made the introduction sparked concerns over conflicts of interest 

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:32 BST, 16 October 2020 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 16 October 2020

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Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was involved in the offer of a £300million partial buyout of the EFL by American firm TPG Capital, which was rejected by chairman Rick Parry last week.

Radrizzani has no financial stake in the private equity firm. But the fact he made the introduction sparked concerns at the EFL over potential conflicts of interest, given the Italian owns a club who until four months ago were in the Championship, as well as the television network Eleven Sports that hold the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in much of Europe.

Parry was also unhappy with the terms of the deal, with TPG offering £150m up front and the rest in staged payments over five years in return for a 20 per cent stake of the EFL and a 51 per cent vote on all commercial deals, including television rights.

The EFL have received numerous offers of investment from private equity companies seeking a stake in the bottom three divisions, but are more likely to pursue a loan, as first revealed by Sportsmail in August. 

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was involved in the offer of a rejected partial buyout of the EFL

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was involved in the offer of a rejected partial buyout of the EFL

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The financial impact of the pandemic is understood to be biting at many Championship clubs

The financial impact of the pandemic is understood to be biting at many Championship clubs

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