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Soccer stars sent for trial over attack on Asian.

Three Leeds United footballers were yesterday committed for trial on charges of assaulting an Asian student.

Midfielder Lee Bowyer (23), of Leeds, defender Jonathan Woodgate (20), of Middlesbrough, and reserve team striker Tony Hackworth (20), of Leeds, are accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Sarfraz Najeib, aged 19, in Leeds city centre in January.

They are also charged with affray.

England international Woodgate is also charged with Leeds player Michael Duberry (24), of Leeds, with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

An initial hearing is scheduled for September 25 at Leeds Crown Court.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 15, 2000
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