- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

LEEDS, England (AP) - Leeds United players have agreed to defer part of their wages for March as the second-division club is trying to avoid entering administration.

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said the players have accepted receiving only a proportion of their wages while the rest of the staff have received their full salaries.

On Monday, Cagliari president Massimo Cellino was blocked from taking over Leeds because of his recent conviction for tax evasion. He has appealed the decision and remains in talks with Leeds’ owners, GFH Capital.

Cellino has already paid more than 2 million pounds ($3.3 million) into the northern club, which won the English topflight title in 1992 and reached the Champions League semifinals in 2001 before falling into financial difficulties.

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