• Prospective owner awaits decision by Football League
• Says he will 'go away silently like I came' if rejected
The prospective Leeds United owner, Massimo Cellino, on Tuesday night said that he has felt "humiliated" during his protracted takeover after bankrolling the club for the last two months.
Cellino, speaking after Leeds's 4-2 home defeat by Reading in the Championship, confirmed that he has paid the club's wages and funded their debts over the past two months yet has become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress made by the Football League and the current owners, GFH Capital, during takeover talks in recent weeks.
The Italian, who has owned the Serie A club Cagliari for the past 22 years, has injected significant funds into Leeds since the company Eleonora Sports agreed to purchase a 75% controlling stake in the club from GFH, an investment bank based in Bahrain.
The Football League board will on Thursday discuss Cellino's potential takeover, although any decision to approve or reject the Italian, who in 2001 was given a suspended 15-month prison sentence for false accounting at Cagliari, may not be made until next week because of a charge being brought in the Italian courts regarding non-payment of import duty on a yacht. He denies wrongdoing.
Cellino, who returned to his home in Miami on Sunday, told the Guardian: "I have been humiliated quite enough so far. At this point I wonder why I have been treated so badly after paying the salaries and debts over the past two months.
"I will wait until a decision by the League. If I am not accepted, I will go away silently like I came. I am too old to fight wars which are not mine."
The Football League has not been rushed into a decision on whether to declare Cellino "fit and proper" according to the organisation's ownership rules. If he is rejected then Leeds would potentially be in a precarious financial position, with another season in the Championship beckoning.
Brian McDermott, the Leeds manager, expressed his disappointment at his side's performance against his former club Reading, coming exactly one year after he was sacked by the Royals.
McDermott was reinstated as Leeds manager last month after being sacked on one of the most chaotic nights in the club's history. "Uncertainty over the future ownership has been dragging on for such a long time that there is apprehension around the place and the main conversation is about the ownership," said McDermott.
"I know it is a results business but we have had no stability here for a long time. Obviously it would help if the manager knew who the owner was going to be."
• Manager rues refereeing decisions and Arjen Robben's diving
• Serious Mesut Özil hamstring injury adds to woes
Arsène Wenger was left with bitter regrets as Arsenal departed the Champions League, with the antics of Arjen Robben, refereeing decisions and a serious hamstring injury to Mesut Özil vying for prominence.
Arsenal drew 1-1 at Bayern Munich to go out 3-1 on aggregate and Wenger's grievances, as he digested a fourth consecutive last-16 defeat, started with the decision to send off his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the first leg for a foul inside the area on Robben.
Bayern missed the resulting penalty and they missed another one here in injury time, which was awarded for another foul on Robben, this time by the defender Laurent Koscielny. Robben had earlier been guilty of a blatant dive, with Santi Cazorla in attendance, and Wenger lashed out at the Holland winger.
"What made the difference was the decision to send our goalkeeper off in the first game," Wenger said. "That decision had a huge impact. It was on the same player who got the penalty again tonight and that's a regret. Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He's a great player as well a very good diver but it's part of him."
Robben responded: "I always say if you are a big manager, then take your loss ... if you win, be happy, enjoy but, if you lose, don't complain about silly things. It was two penalties. From a big manager you expect a little bit more." Özil, who played on the right wing, was substandard, possibly because of the injury and, having been replaced at half-time, he went straight to see Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the Bayern and Germany medic. He will undergo further tests on Wednesday to ascertain the full extent of the damage but Wenger suggested the midfielder would be out for a minimum of three weeks. "He has a hamstring problem that looks quite serious. We have to make a scan to see how bad it is but he is out at least for a few weeks. I hope it's not too bad."
Wenger praised Arsenal for their spirit and he felt that Bayern could have been overhauled in the second half. "They are a good side but I think this season they were more vulnerable than last year," he said. "We had to defend a lot in the first-half but we knew that being in the game at half-time [at 0-0], gave us a good chance to win the game. I believe that in the second half the opportunities were there for us.
"The frustration I had is that in the last 20 minutes I felt Bayern were very vulnerable defensively but we didn't take advantage. We always missed the first pass and we never got them really under pressure. At 1-1, you could see they suddenly became nervous but because we could not get to 2-1, you could not see how they would have responded. They are a great side but we still have regrets over the two games."
Arsenal lost to Bayern at this stage last season, and before that to Milan and Barcelona. In 2009-10 they went out to Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
"When you go out in the last 16, the trophy doesn't get closer," Wenger said. "The great regret we have is that in the last five years we played Barcelona twice and Bayern twice and, every time, when they were at the top of their game.
"In the last two years we were very harshly done because away from home ... if you look at our record in Germany, we have not lost here for a long time. But it is at home that we were caught and I think especially this season, the decision to send our goalkeeper off at home was a big part of the tie."
Wenger continued to argue that Szczesny's foul on Robben at the Emirates Stadium had not represented the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity and, as such, he should not have been sent off. And he returned to his criticism of Robben.
"I would not deny he is a fantastic player but ... he gets in front of a player and then he slows down [and] he goes down. He gets the free-kicks. If he gives him a yellow card on the first one [near Cazorla] when he goes down, he will not do it again."
Wenger added: "I have to congratulate the players on the heart and the effort they put in tonight. They were absolutely outstanding on that front. We wanted to come out of the tie qualified and with pride. We did the second part, not the first part."
Diego Costa scored twice as Atlético Madrid sealed a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years with an impressive 4-1 victory over Milan at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.
Costa, whose late header earned Atlético a 1-0 first-leg win at the San Siro, acrobatically put them ahead with the first chance of the last-16 second-leg but the former Real Madrid star Kaká headed Milan level in the 27th minute. It was the 31-year-old's 30th goal in Europe's elite club competition, more than any other Brazilian.
Arda Turan's deflected strike made it 2-1 to Atlético before the break, and then second-half goals from Raúl García and Costa sealed a deserved 5-1 aggregate victory.
"We are grateful for the support of the fans, and the truth is that the team deserves congratulating for the way it has played," Costa said. "We have done ourselves proud. All teams who reach the quarter-finals are very good. For now we'll just enjoy."
Diego Simeone said: "I knew that Milan could complicate things. We started better than them in the first half and it seemed we would go on and control the game after the first goal, but they got back into it. However, my players were excellent in the second half."
Milan were always up against it even before kick-off, with only two teams in the history of the Champions League ever having recovered from losing at home in the first leg to go and win the tie.
And if that was not worrying enough for the Rossoneri, Atlético were one of only two sides still unbeaten in this season's competition – the other being Real Madrid – while the Rojiblancos had won 15 of their last 16 home games in Europe.
History therefore hugely favoured Atlético, and less than three minutes into the contest the present was looking pretty good for Simeone's side as well with Costa continuing his magnificent season with a superb finish to put the hosts ahead.
Koke floated in a cross from the right edge of the area and Costa, having peeled away from the Milan centre-back Adil Rami, flung himself at the ball and managed to volley it past Christian Abbiati at full stretch.
That was Costa's sixth goal in this season's Champions League and 27th in all competitions and, of more immediate significance, it left Milan needing to score at least three times to go through.
The mountain had become even bigger for the seven-time European champions, but they got a foothold back into the tie in the 27th minute when Kaká headed home from their first decent chance.
Mario Balotelli played the ball out to Andrea Poli and his deep cross was met at the far post by Kaká, whose header flew into the net via the thigh of the Atlético defender Juanfran.
That was just the boost Milan needed and they really should have taken a 2-1 lead in the 36th minute but this time Kaká contrived to head a clear chance over from six yards.
Atlético survived and four minutes later they were ahead again, albeit with the help of a huge slice of good fortune. Costa chested the ball down to Arda on the edge of the area and the Turkey midfielder's half-volley took a crucial deflection off Rami before looping into the net.
The momentum was back with the Spanish side now and García almost made it 3-1 with a spectacular overhead kick just before the break, the ball going inches wide with Abbiati rooted to the spot.
Atlético were back on the attack after the interval with recent Spain debutant Costa and Gabi going close before Milan substitute Robinho – another Real Madrid old boy – drew a parry from Thibaut Courtois with a cross-shot.
Milan were pushing but they could not find a breakthrough before Atlético all but settled the tie in the 71st minute when García climbed above two defenders to head home Gabi's free-kick.
There was no way back for Clarence Seedorf's men after that, although Robinho did hit the crossbar soon after, and Atlético wrapped up a convincing win when Costa drilled a shot in off the far post in the 85th minute.
Bayern Munich were never in danger of being toppled in the Champions League but the north London club gave them a few scares and will be in good heart for battles on the domestic front
• Read Daniel Taylor's match report here
Back in the early days, when Mike Tyson would wear black shorts and black boots and fight in places like Albany and Glen Falls, his opponents would look beaten before the first bell. Never mind that Tyson was technically superior in all areas, the fear factor made the result a foregone conclusion. It was etched into every pore of the men who were pressed in front of him.
Bundesliga observers have come to consider Bayern Munich matches in much the same way. The reigning German, European and World champions have come to intimidate their domestic rivals to such an extent that some of them have virtually come to wonder why they bother.
Within the glut of pro-Bayern statistics, one stands out. Apart from the German Super Cup defeat by Borussia Dortmund in July, in effectively a glorified friendly, on similar lines to England's Community Shield, Bayern have not lost to a domestic opponent since October 2012.
Arsenal are a weightier proposition and the biggest positive that they took from their latest Champions League last-16 exit was that they did not flinch or stop fighting. They stayed tight during the first-half and, even at 3-0 down on aggregate, they found a response through Lukas Podolski.
Their chins remained up and it was, in many respects, a decent away performance. Arsène Wenger spoke of his players' pride and tremendous spirit.
But there was also the sense that Arsenal's approach was intrinsically limited; that the plan to hang in there and hang on, with the hope of landing a counter or two at some point was never really likely to topple the overwhelming favourite. Yet what else could they do? This is Bayern.
The tactics, remember, had almost worked last season, when Arsenal won 2-0 at the same stage only to lose on away goals.
The hope has to be that the positives gleaned, chief among them the performances of the central defenders Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, below, together with that of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield, can serve to fire them for the more realistic challenges ahead. There remains plenty to play for, not least the FA Cup. Win that and finish well in the Premier League and the season is a success. Anything less might not be so clever.
Arsenal had entered the Allianz Arena with the rare distinction of having beaten Bayern in recent times. Only themselves and Manchester City have managed to do so in almost 18 months (Dortmund's Super Cup win not withstanding), although on both occasions, the loss did not hurt Bayern. They advanced as the group winners earlier in the season despite losing here to City.
The evening had not started promisingly for Arsenal, when Wenger could only name six substitutes. With Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner having succumbed to toe and knee injuries in the final training session before the squad departed on Monday, Wenger had taken Ryo Miyaichi as the 18th man. He never takes 19 players on European away trips.
But in a tragi-comic twist, Uefa would inform Arsenal that Miyaichi was not eligible for Champions League selection, having failed to meet the criteria for the squad's B list and been left off the A list. There was the feeling that it was only Miyaichi and he would surely not have featured anyway. On the upside, thank goodness it was noticed. Were the Japanese to have appeared, the consequences for Arsenal might have been grave.
Nonetheless, as Bayern named Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller among their substitutes, it was easy to imagine the Germans having a laugh at the expense of the English – again. First, there was Manuel Pellegrini's mathematical blunder when he failed to realise that another goal for City would have tipped the group in their favour and now this. Miyaichi watched from the stands.
If the first leg was coloured by Arsenal's explosive start, the tempo here was more measured and it was Bayern who dictated, hogging 64% of possession and probing for the opening. Arsenal did not necessarily need an early goal, rather the first goal and they were happy enough to shadow-box for as long as possible. Their priority was to stay in the contest.
Although Arjen Robben (his dive apart) and Franck Ribéry looked dangerous and Bayern repeatedly threatened to get in behind the Arsenal full-backs, Lukasz Fabianski was not overworked. His moment of glory was the injury-time penalty save from Müller.
It was a surprise to see Wenger start with Mesut Özil on the right, where he was always going to be asked to pitch into the defensive effort. He failed to track David Alaba and Ribéry on several occasions, which was the cause for much hand-wringing. Perhaps he was hamstrung by his hamstring, which Wenger said was cause for serious concern. Özil was withdrawn at half-time.
Wenger's formation could be described as 4-5-1 but Oxlade-Chamberlain did break out to provide encouragement from his central role. Preferred to Mathieu Flamini, there was assurance about his touch while he was crudely up-ended on more than one occasion. He contributed most wholeheartedly to the worries that Bayern had.
Arsenal's showed their character after the concession to Bastian Schweinsteiger with Podolski's goal and if it was a beautiful moment for him against his former club, it was a horrible one for the Norwegian referee Svein Oddvar Moen, who failed to spot the striker's push on Philipp Lahm. Podolski practically stopped in anticipation of the whistle and even Wenger said it was a foul.
Briefly, Arsenal threatened to cast off the shackles and they did cause moments of alarm. Bayern, however, were in charge.