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Clare Burnett

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Are you not entertained? Actor Russell Crowe considering offer for Leeds United

In a weird turn of events, Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe has suggested on Twitter that he might want to buy Championship club Leeds United.

The English club are owned by Eleonora Sport Ltd but banned president Massimo Cellino has sold his personal stake in both the company and Leeds, and has said he does not intend to return after his ban period has ended.

BBC Sport has reported that New Zealand-born Crowe, who is a Leeds supporter and has an estimated net worth of £48 million, would consider buying the club if he was approached and had the backing of fans.

Leeds Fans LLP who have in the past also considered a bid, have shown their support for the actor.

Their organiser tweeted: “I head up @LeedsFansLLP we want a fan voice on the board at LUFC. We’d love to have you involved. DM me for more info. Dylan”

New Zealand-born Crowe caused a stir amongst Leeds fans today when he asked his 1.6 million Twitter followers whether or not he should buy the club.

Crowe, 50, is already the co-owner of rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs, who play in Australia’s National Rugby League.

Leeds have been dogged by off-field problems in recent seasons and have had a succession of managers since Cellino became involved with the former Champions League semi-finalists last April.

The 58-year-old Italian, who was found guilty of tax evasion in an Italian court last year, is currently barred from running the club until 10 April after failing the Football League’s “fit and proper person’s test”.

Responding to a message on Twitter imploring him to buy Leeds United, Crowe, who has around 1.67m followers on the social media site, replied: “Anybody else think this is a good idea?”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Clare Burnett .

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