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Bates: Expenses led to sacking

Ken Bates has claimed he was sacked as Leeds president after a disagreement over travel expenses.

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Ken Bates: Was sacked by Leeds

Ken Bates: Was sacked by Leeds

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It was reported that former chairman Bates, 81, renewed a contract with a private jet company without the approval of the Sky Bet Championship club's owners GFH Capital.

Bates, who was on holiday in Italy when he received a hand-delivered letter informing him of his dismissal, insists he attempted to get in touch with the Whites' hierarchy to inform them of his actions, but to no avail.

Explaining his view of the situation, he told talkSPORT: "Basically I had a chance of renewing that travel expense contract at a price that is cheaper than existing and at the same time, more importantly, it was in sterling and protects Leeds' (accounts) because all gas is bought in dollars and most of

the handling charges are in the EC.

"So, I checked, very interestingly, with the solicitor who wrote me the letter when I met him socially and he confirmed that a director had the authority to commit a club or a company in which he was a director.

"So I did it and he left the details at the office, thought no more about it.

"That was on June 27. On July 24 I had a hand-delivered letter telling me that I had broken the contract or agreement and asking me for my comments.

"I immediately rang the lawyer concerned and his office was closed and I left a message on his answerphone on which I said 'there's a perfectly clear explanation for this, let's have a board meeting when I get back and we'll sort it out around the table'. That was on July 26.

"On July 28 I get another letter telling me they have terminated my contract. In all that time, not one person from GFH had rung me to discuss the matter.

"In fact, I've spoken to one of their directors on a very regular basis and he had not even mentioned it. There's nothing I can do about it until I get back next Tuesday and then we'll have to see what happens."

Bates has used a private jet to travel between Monaco and Leeds before matches for eight years and is adamant the contract he signed to become president continued that arrangement with the full knowledge of GFH.

He added: "If you look at the contract which they drew up - I only signed - I have been doing that mode of transport for the last eight years and they included it in the contract, so there's nothing new there, I don't have to justify it.

"It said it in the contract, which they signed."

The often-outspoken former Chelsea chairman bought Leeds in January 2005 and held power at Elland Road until signing over to GFH Capital in December last year.

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