LEEDS, England (AP) — Italian businessman Massimo Cellino says he will not return as the owner of second-tier English club Leeds after his disqualification period for a tax conviction has ended.

England's Football League ruled in January that Cellino had breached the terms of its test covering the suitability of owners and directors because of his conviction for tax evasion in Italy. He was disqualified from having anything to do with the running of Leeds until April 10.

The former Cagliari president said at the time he intended to return to his role, but he says in a statement Tuesday that he will not do so as he fights to clear his name as an "independent citizen."

Leeds was English league champion in 1992 but hasn't been in the Premier League since 2004.