Bradford defend Windass after biting claims

September 8, 2005

Bradford are standing by Dean Windass as the Football Association investigate two biting allegations.

Southend goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan accused the Bantams striker of biting him during their 2-0 win at Valley Parade in August, although he decided against reporting the incident to the FA.

But Bournemouth's Marcus Browning has since claimed he too was bitten by Windass in their recent win against Colin Todd's side, and Flahavan is now considering changing his mind.

Windass, 36, who has scored eight goals in eight matches this season and was subject to a failed bid from Premiership side Wigan, denies the allegations.

'The match officials in both games saw nothing and videos were sent to the FA following complaints from players,' said Bradford club secretary Jon Pollard.

'Dean maintains his innocence and having seen the inside of his cut lip after the alleged Bournemouth incident it looks more like somebody has forced his arm in his mouth rather than Dean having bitten the player.'