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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 16:03 GMT
Leeds United footballers trial
Leeds United players Jonathan Woodgate, left, and Lee Bowyer
Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer are cleared of charges of grievous bodily harm but Woodgate is convicted of a lesser offence of affray. BBC News Online looks at the court's verdict and reaction to it.


Court delivers verdicts

Paul Clifford
The court was told Paul Clifford had bitten Sarfraz Najeib in the cheek as he lay unconscious

While Lee Bowyer was cleared of all charges, Jonathan Woodgate was sentenced to 100 hours community service for his affray conviction. One of Woodgate's friends, Paul Clifford was sentenced to six years for causing grievous bodily harm to Sarfraz Najeib. Another of Woodgate's friends, Neale Caveney, was found guilty of affray.

Court verdicts
 The BBC's John Thorne reports from Hull Crown Court
Woodgate's career
 The BBC's Daniela Relph reports


Reaction to the verdicts

Victim Sarfraz Najeib
Sarfraz Najeib suffered a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.

The jury took 22 hours to deliver their verdicts following a trial lasting nine weeks. The defendants had denied all the charges. The family of Sarfraz Najeib say he is shattered by the verdicts which were a "tremendous disappointment". There were brief statements outside the court from Lee Bowyer and from the solicitor acting for Jonathan Woodgate.

Jonathan Woodgate
 Statement from solicitor Nick Freeman
Lee Bowyer
 Statement from the player
West Yorkshire Police
 Chief Superintendent Eddie Hemsley
Sarfraz Najeib
 Family Campaign Co-ordinator Suresh Grover
Leeds United Football Club
 Chairman Peter Ridsdale


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