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Wesley Sneijder apologises to Leeds fans over knife tweet

Sneijder has apologised to Leeds fans. Credit: PA

Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder has apologised to Leeds' fans after promoting a club-branded knife set that he is endorsing.

Leeds will today mark 15 years since the deaths of supporters Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, who were stabbed by a Turkish man ahead of their side's UEFA Cup clash with Galatasaray in April 2000.

A minute's silence will precede Leeds' Sky Bet Championship fixture with Blackburn, but United fans were enraged on Saturday morning when Holland international Sneijder tweeted a picture of a Gala-branded knife set which carried his image, saying the item was now "finally" available for sale.

His Tweet was met with an angry response from Leeds fans and was soon deleted, and Sneijder wrote to one supporter apologising, saying: "@Leedsu1Ross Very sorry. I didn't know this and deleted our promotion for the merchandise kitchen item. #Respect."

Ali Umit Demur was jailed for 15 years for the deaths of Loftus and Speight, while four other men were jailed for their part in the attack.

Teenage victims of Leeds crash named

Two teenage boys who died following a car crash in Morley, Leeds on Saturday afternoon have been named by police as Rhys Baker, 13, and George Wharton, 14.

Rhys Baker Credit: West Yorkshire Police
George Wharton Credit: West Yorkshire Police

According to local paper the Yorkshire Evening Post, Wharton was a pupil at Morley Academy.

Both boys were killed when a car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree "at speed."

Police hunt man after serious sexual assault in Leeds

An 18-year-old woman suffered a serious sexual assault in Leeds Credit: PA

Police are looking for an Asian man after an 18-year-old woman suffered a serious sexual assault when she was attacked at a bus stop in Leeds on Friday night.

During the incident, which took place last night at Beeston Road at 10.52pm, police said the woman suffered a serious head injury and a broken hip.

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton, of Protective Services, said: "We believe this woman was standing at the bus stop close to Malvern Road, when she was attacked by the suspect.

"He is described as an Asian man, in his early twenties, of slim build with receding dark hair.

"Anyone who saw a man of similar description in this area at around the time stated is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."


Leeds defender Bellusci cleared of racially abusing Norwich City's Jerome

An independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing. Credit: PA

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been found not guilty of racially abusing Norwich striker Cameron Jerome by the Football Association.

The Italian was charged on December 22 following the incident in the 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw on October 21, where he was alleged to have directed a racial insult at Jerome.

But an independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing on Friday after Bellusci denied the charge.

An official statement on the Leeds official site said: "Leeds United is pleased to note the decision of the FA disciplinary panel to clear our defender, Giuseppe Bellusci, of all charges of racism made against him during the away game against Norwich City on 21 October 2014."

"Giuseppe has made it clear from the moment the incident happened that he did not use racist language, and the FA commission has found that to be the case."

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