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Leeds stars cleared of GBH

Leeds United soccer star Jonathan Woodgate avoided a jail sentence today, and was instead ordered to do 100 hours community punishment after being found guilty of affray during a brutal street attack on an Asian student.

But the England defender’s friend Paul Clifford was jailed for six years by Mr Justice Henriques after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and affray during the vicious assault.
Woodgate’s team-mate Lee Bowyer walked free from court after being cleared of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and affray by a jury at Hull Crown Court.

Another friend of Woodgate’s, Neale Caveney, was also ordered to do 100 hours community punishment after he was found guilty of affray but cleared of causing GBH.

Woodgate, who is thought to be worth about £10 million, was also cleared of GBH.

Woodgate, 21, of Middlesbrough, Bowyer, 24, of Leeds, and Paul Clifford and Neale Caveney, both 22 and from Middlesbrough, all denied causing Sarfraz Najeib grievous bodily harm with intent.
They also denied affray.

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