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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 11:16 GMT
Fans back Bowyer
Leeds' player ran over to the television gantry and pointed ay Lee Bowyer after scoring against Everton
Leeds' players celebrate scoring by saluting Bowyer
Leeds United's fans and players showed their solidarity towards transfer-listed Lee Bowyer during the team's 3-2 win over Everton.

Bowyer - up for sale at Leeds after refusing to accept a club fine - and Jonathan Woodgate watched Wednesday's match from Elland Road's television gantry.

Numerous banners of support from fans were held aloft as they made clear their disapproval with the club's decision to sell Bowyer.

"Bowyer should stay, give the fans what they want," said one banner of support.

Supporters displayed a variety of banners regarding the club's decision to sell Lee Bowyer
Leeds' fan made their feelings known
"Lose Lee Bowyer, lose the title," said another.

But several did suggest Bowyer should accept the club's four-week fine, with one saying: "Bowyer pay up now."

Bowyer's name was also chanted during the match and his team-mates made clear their standpoint about the club's decision to transfer list the 24-year-old.

They celebrated a goal by running towards the West Stand and saluting in Bowyer's direction.

Meanwhile, Leeds manager David O'Leary has admitted he has no idea whether Bowyer will back down and pay the fine issued by the club.

"I really do not know," O'Leary BBC Radio Five Live.

"We're going to lose a great player but we believe we have to be seen to be doing the right thing."


The compromise is that if Lee accepts the rules of this club then he can play football for Leeds again
David O'Leary
Bowyer met with O'Leary after he was cleared of affray and GBH over an attack on student Sarfraz Najeib and was told to accept a fine or go on the transfer list.

The midfielder refused to accept a fine of four weeks' wages for being drunk on the night of the attack.

He was told by O'Leary there was no excuse for his behaviour on the night in January 2000 and was immediately transfer-listed.

"Leaving my office on Tuesday he was adamant he was not going to pay. He trained really well on Wednesday and didn't say anything," added O'Leary.

"I'm disappointed in the way he has reacted to being fined.

"He has been brilliant on the football field and never given me an ounce of trouble.

"But we felt that the two people (Bowyer and Woodgate) brought the club's name into disrepute, drinking out in the streets of Leeds and running around.

"The compromise is that if Lee accepts the rules of this club then he can play football for Leeds again."

Woodgate, who was found guilty of affray and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, was fined eight weeks' wages, as well as being asked to work within the club's community programme.

But he accepted the club's decision and asked for the money to be put towards funding work with inner-city communities in Leeds.

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Leeds Utd Supporters' Club spokesman Ray Fell
"The fans want Bowyer to stay"
Leeds Utd manager David O'Leary
"I've only fallen out with Lee once"
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