Leeds put Bowyer on transfer list

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Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer has today been placed on the transfer list with immediate effect after refusing to accept a fine imposed by the club.

Although Bowyer was found not guilty of affray and grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to an assault on Asian student Sarfraz Najeib, Leeds feel the 24-year-old breached the club's code of conduct as he was under the influence of alcohol on the night of the attack.

Leeds have imposed a fine of four weeks wages on Bowyer, while also insisting he undergoes community programme work for the remainder of his contract.

Bowyer, however, has refused to accept the internal disciplinary action, forcing the club to place him on the transfer list.

Centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who was found guilty of affray and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, has been fined eight weeks wages, as well as being asked to work within the club's community programme, the 21-year-old having accepted the decision of Leeds United.

In a statement today, chairman Peter Ridsdale, said: "Following the conclusion of the trial last Friday, Leeds United Football Club, as previously indicated, has reviewed appropriate internal disciplinary action, against Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate.

"The club acknowledges and accepts the verdict of the jury that Lee Bowyer was innocent off all charges.

"Nevertheless, and in his own admission, he was under undue influence of alcohol in the city centre late at night, which is against the club's code of conduct.

"Jonathan Woodgate was found guilty of affray and was sentenced at Hull Crown Court.

"The PFA maximum fine ceiling is two weeks' wages.

"Following the internal disciplinary meeting between the manager David O'Leary and myself, Jonathan Woodgate has been given a fine of eight weeks' wages.

"Jonathan has asked that this money be put towards funding work with our inner-city communities, which we are more than happy to agree to.

"Jonathan will commit to work within our community programme. Jonathan has also been given a final warning regarding his future conduct.

"Leeds United have imposed a fine of four weeks' wages against Lee Bowyer, and we would also insist that Lee work at the forefront of our community programme for the whole of the balance of his contract.

"Lee has also been warned regarding his future behaviour on and off the field.

"Regrettably, Lee has refused to accept this club disciplinary sanction, and has therefore been placed on the transfer list with immediate effect.

"As a result of this, Lee Bowyer will not be available for team selection by David O'Leary unless he accepts the club's disciplinary sanction."

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