Unlucky footballer dumped by eccentric owner

Last updated 11:54 04/07/2014
Paddy Kenny
FACE OFF: Leeds United keeper Paddy Kenny has been told to seek employment elsewhere because his club owner believes he was born on an unlucky date.

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A footballer in England has been dumped from his side because he was born on what his club's new eccentric owner believes is an unlucky date.

Massimo Cellino, who has taken ownership of Leeds United, has a bizarre belief that the number 17 is unlucky.

As a result, he's reportedly told Leeds' manager not to play star keeper Paddy Kenny, who was born on May 17, in goal.

Kenny, 36, is Leeds' second-highest paid player, pulling in nearly $20,000 a week. But the unfortunate goalkeeper has been told by his boss to start looking for a new job.

This is not the first time Cellino has reacted strangely to the number 17.

Back when he owned Italian side Cagliari, he requested all number 17 seats from the Serie A club's ground be changed to 16B.

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