Leeds United - on this day: Whites held late by Middlesbrough as tempers flare following Gareth Southgate leveller

Tempers flare between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at the Riverside. (Getty)Tempers flare between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at the Riverside. (Getty)
Tempers flare between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at the Riverside. (Getty)
It was a heated contest at the Riverside...

The day...

October 26, 2002

The event...

Leeds United travelled to Middlesbrough in Premiership action

What happened?

It was to be a memorable Yorkshire derby at the Riverside as Terry Venables took his Whites outfit back to his former employers.

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A bad tempered game saw referee Rob Styles take centre stage with Leeds believing they had been robbed of three points when the final whistle blew on Teesside.

Mark Viduka opened the scoring from the spot after hauling himself up to convert a penalty kick which he had won himself after just 10 minutes.

Joseph-Desire Job then levelled for Boro before a second-half strike from Lee Bowyer appeared to put United in control and heading towards victory.

Thorp Arch academy graduate Alan Smith, though, was handed his marching orders with 13 minutes to go - the eighth already of the 21-year-old's young career - after picking up a second yellow for a late tackle on Boro captain Gareth Southgate.

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The now England boss made the visitors pay as he scored in added time from a low corner to salvage a point in controversial circumstances.

United were incensed at what they felt was a wrongful dismissal of Smith - believing neither challenge was booking worthy - Franck Queudrue saw red himself following a clumsy tackle on Bowyer for the hosts.

More controversy was to follow as the final whistle went with tensions at boiling point.

A mass brawl ensued at the end of the game as George Boateng allegedly spat at Leeds defender Jonathan Woodgate and midfielder Nick Barmby.

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The incident incensed the usual calm figure of club captain Lucas Radebe who had to be pulled away from Boateng.

The two sides spilled into an all-in scuffle which continued down the tunnel and into the dressing rooms leaving a sour taste to a hotly-contested affair.

Leeds slipped into the bottom half of the Premiership table for the first time in two years following the late draw with Boro.

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