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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 13:46 GMT
Leeds must decide, says PFA
Woodgate hopes to play with new team-mate Fowler
PFA official Brendan Batson insists Leeds United must decide the future of Jonathan Woodgate after he was found guilty of affray.

England defender Woodgate faces an uncertain footballing future at Elland Road after the end of his court case.

And PFA deputy chief executive Brendan Batson says his fate now lies in the hands of Leeds United chairman Peter Ridsdale and manager David O'Leary.

Batson said: "This is not a matter for the PFA. Jonathan Woodgate is contracted to Leeds United.

"They are his employers and they will have to make a decision - it will be for the chairman and board directors to decide.

"I have read some comments in the past, and I think they may find it difficult to continue with his employment, but that is a matter for them."

But Batson admitted: "There are only so many times you can punish a player."

The PFA are prepared to help Woodgate's rehabilitation as part of their anti-racism campaign.

Batson said: "We have been involved in an anti-racism campaign since 1993. If a player has been involved in something like this, they have to show it was a one-off, an aberration."

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