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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 17:02 GMT
Civil action in Leeds footballers case
Sarfraz Najeib
Sarfraz Najeib, the student at the centre of the trial involving two Leeds United football players, is seeking damages for his injuries in a civil action against Lee Bowyer, Jonathan Woodgate and the football club. BBC News Online looks at the case.


Civil action launched

Sarfraz Najeib was joined by his father (centre) and Jawed Siddiqi from the National Civil Rights Movement (right)
Najeib's father (centre) and representatives from the National Civil Rights Movement

The father of Sarfrez Najeib said that after consulting with his lawyers, the family had decided that his son had "no choice" but to proceed with the civil action to "bring those responsible for the attack to justice". At a news conference to announce the action, the family said they would seek to prove there was a racist motive to the attack, despite the fact that this formed no part of the criminal case.

 Click here to watch the news conference
 Lawyer Georgina Squire explains the action


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