Lee Bowyer is a nasty piece of work. The FA correctly slapped a three match ban on him for stamping on Bacary Sagna with malicious intent to hurt as clearly shown in the picture. He was also guilty of raking his studs down Sagna’s Achilles heel on two separate occasions. It was clear as daylight on the pitch and it should have resulted in a straight red card but the referee and linesman either missed it or chose to ignore it.
While at Leeds, Bowyer along with team mate Jonathan Woodgate, now at Spurs were charged with committing grievous bodily harm and affray on a young Pakistani student, Sarfraz Najeib following a night out at a Leeds nightspot. The two toasted footballers and their friends gave chase to Najeib who was also at the same spot with his brother and his friends. The victim was left with a fractured leg, cheek and nose. In addition, he was viciously bitten by Paul Clifford, a friend of Woodgate’s.
Although Bowyer was cleared of charges, Woodgate was not. But as this article makes clear, Bowyer has tested the boundaries of racism a few times in thought as well as in deed. And he has not always been the best of team mates as this video clip clearly shows.