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Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK
Bradford dust-up goes unpunished
Stuart McCall (left) and Gunnar Halle
Gunnar Halle tries to calm skipper Stuart McCall down
Bradford captain Stuart McCall and defender Andy Myers will escape internal action by their club after a remarkable dust-up during their 6-1 thrashing at Leeds.

Bantams boss Jim Jefferies confirmed he would not be taking action against the pair, despite watching on in amazement as two of his players exchanged blows with each other on the stroke of half-time.

With Bradford already 5-1 down at that point, the incident added insult to injury for Bradford, long since relegated from the Premiership.

Mark Viduka scores for Leeds
Viduka opens the floodgates for Leeds
At one stage it appeared as if Myers had thumped McCall in the face, with former Leeds full-back Gunnar Halle forced to intervene and break up the feuding duo.

McCall later departed from Elland Road with stitches in a gash below his left eye, but claimed it was an earlier elbow from Mark Viduka which had caused the damage.

Jefferies, however, revealed both players shook hands during the interval, as Bradford tried to prevent further damage to an embarrassing day.

"It was just a bit of passion and frustration which spilled over at the end of what was a nightmare first half," said Jefferies.

"We weren't getting it together on the pitch and there were so many things happening, which eventually boiled over.


Obviously there were a few frustrated things said at half-time
  Bradford boss Jim Jefferies

"We sorted it out at half-time and they got on with the game after that.

"As far as I'm concerned that's the end of the matter. There will be no action taken by the club."

"Obviously there were a few frustrated things said at half-time because some of the goals we conceded were just ridiculous and we had to point the finger.

Stunning win

"Maybe if we had fought with the Leeds players rather than amongst ourselves then we might have done better in the first half."

Leeds' stunning win means there will now be a three-way scrap for the final Champions League place on the last day of the season.

With just one match remaining, Leeds now trail Liverpool by a point and are level with Ipswich, with a four-goal advantage over George Burley's side following the thrashing of Bradford.

Jubilant Leeds boss David O'Leary said: "I asked for goals and that's what I got.

"I was delighted with the attitude shown by the players and the football we played and this was a great way to bounce back after our semi-final defeat in the Champions League to Valencia.

"We've now given ourselves a chance of being in the competition again next season, one in which we've not had an ounce of luck, so it would be lovely to get a crumb next Saturday."

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