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Bowyer swearing not to do it again

Birmingham City midfielder Lee Bowyer has apologised to the elderly female fan who alleged that he swore at her after being substituted against West Bromwich Albion.

Sandra Cox, a season ticket holder at The Hawthorns, said Bowyer issued the foul-mouthed rant after he was hauled off during Saturday's West Midlands derby.

The former England player was booked for a lunging tackle on Gabriel Tamas, after a previous clash with Gonzalo Jara.

Blues boss Alex McLeish quickly shuffled his pack, replacing the 33-year-old for striker Nikola Zigic.

As fans jeered him on his way to the team dugout, he took particular exception to Mrs Cox's heckling and was seen to exchange words with her (see picture above) before making conciliatory gestures as she signalled to the steward.

The Baggies fan who was with her seven-year-old grandson, Luke, blasted Bowyer for his behaviour.

"It was appalling to hear such bad language -- especially as we sit in the family enclosure so Luke won't be affected by all the swearing that goes on in the crowd.

"Everybody was having a go because of the foul and he was effing and blinding back. We were right behind him so I told him off."

Albion say they are happy to put the controversy to bed. A spokesman said: "A fan made a complaint to a steward over comments made by Lee Bowyer and then Lee Bowyer made an unreserved apology to the supporter and that was the end of the matter.

"No further action will be taken."