Leeds trio sent to trial

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Three Leeds United players have been sent for trial accused of being involved in a racist attack on an Asian student while a fourth is accused of conspiracy to pervert justice.

Three Leeds United players have been sent for trial accused of being involved in a racist attack on an Asian student while a fourth is accused of conspiracy to pervert justice.

England international center-back Jonathan Woodgate, 20, midfielder Lee Bowyer, 23, who has played for the England Under-21s and reserve team striker Tony Hackworth, 20, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Sarfraz Najeib, 19, in Leeds city center in January.

They are also charged with affray.

Najeib suffered cuts to his face, a broken nose and broken leg in the attack outside a nightclub. Police have described the attack as racially motivated.

Woodgate is also charged along with defender Michael Duberry, 24, with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by allegedly trying to help others avoid arrest.

They were all sent for trial to Leeds Crown Court and will appear September 25 to enter pleas.

All were released on bail.

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