Club Statement On Morris

Last updated : 19 November 2003 By Kevin Markey

Leeds are allowing Morris to continue playing pending the outcome of legal proceedings into the charge.

Morris along with Kristofer Dickie, have been remanded on bail after his appearance at Leeds magistrates court charged with raping a 20-year-old woman on October 7th.

On the official club website the club said: 'Leeds United AFC is aware that Jody Morris has been charged with an offence and bailed by Leeds Magistrates’ Court this morning.

'The Club had a meeting with Jody Morris and his solicitor immediately after court. The player has reconfirmed his denial of the allegation.

'The Club has considered carefully the employment position and has taken legal advice. In English law there is a presumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

'In these circumstances and as a responsible employer, the club feels that the proper course of action is to allow the player to resume his duties pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings.'

They will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 17th.