Former Leeds United star Andy Couzens has savaged Bobby Bowry on Twitter as a “disgrace” for claiming he witnessed racist abuse at Elland Road.
The former Millwall and Crystal Palace midfielder explained on Sky Sports News on Thursday morning that he experienced racism during his playing career and named Leeds as one club where he experienced “monkey chants”.
“It’s quite tough, playing away at Leeds and other clubs you know, when you go there you get the monkey chants and that,” Bowry said.
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Leeds fans reacted furiously on social media, but Bowry, 47, refused to retract his comments and explained on his personal Twitter account, before subsequently blocking it from all but his personal followers, how he witnessed “abuse to my teammates” while sat in the stands at Elland Road in a fixture against Crystal Palace in the 1991/92 season.
Former Leeds midfielder Couzens reacted in a fury, claiming such accusations were a “disgrace” from someone who never played at Elland Road and called on him to apologise to the Championship giants.
This guy has never played at Elland Road so to through accusations like this about is a disgrace I hope he apologizes to @LUFC or if not they take him to court for slander!!! I have never heard anything racial in my 30 years of been at Elland Road!!! #disgrace #badjournalism https://t.co/6jZUv4ijUa
— andy couzens (@andycuz23) March 29, 2019
Football Insider verdict:
The issue Couzens – and tens of thousands of Leeds fans – has with Bowry’s claim is that it is unsubstantiated. The United academy product insists it slurs the club’s name and reputation without offering anything in the way of proof. That, of course, would be impossible to do, given that Bowry claimed he witnessed this racism nearly 30 years ago while sat in the stands as a squad player while his Crystal Palace side played Leeds at Elland Road. The fact the former Millwall midfielder was not even on the pitch weakens his claim, although does not mean it is either incorrect or lacking in substantiation. Couzens’ claim that Leeds should take legal action against Bowry is nonsensical. The former player has not defamed anyone, he has merely made a vague allegation dating back nearly three decades. Leeds fans savaging Bowry on social media should take note of this before continuing their campaign against him.
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