Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Bottle Shame Adds to Problems

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Bottle Shame Adds to Problems

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Leeds star Alan Smith added to a day of woe for the crisis club after being involved in a bottle-throwing incident during the 3-2 Carling Cup defeat by Manchester United.

After a bottle was thrown on to the pitch from the crowd in the final minute of extra time, Smith proceeded to pick it up and hurl it back into a section of home supporters at Elland Road.

It would appear that unbeknown to Smith, who yesterday celebrated his 23rd birthday, he inadvertently hurt a female fan as the bottle apparently struck the woman on the head.

Such a distressing situation was the last thing Leeds needed after announcing earlier in the day a catastrophic set of financial results. The club posted a British club record loss of pounds 49.5 million for the year up to the end of June.

If Leeds had been hoping for a good cup run to help ease a net debt of pounds 78 million, it foundered with Eric Djemba-Djemba's winner three minutes from the end of extra time. …

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