Following an incident at yet another troublesome players' Xmas party John Oster has had his loan with Leeds terminated. He has now returned to Sunderland. It is a shame as the Welsh international had showed real promise and made a contribution to the games in which he played. However, after having been disciplined following his arrest outside a Durham nightclub on 16 December Blackwell had no option but to sack him when the further charge was found proven against him.
Jamie McMaster was fined two weeks wages after their 'shenanigans' went too far at a club's Christmas party. The midfield pair had been suspended by the Elland Road club since Christmas Eve but attended a meeting with club officials on Friday 31 Dec 2004.
A clearly frustrated Blackwell was quick to condemn the actions of both players. Of the departing Oster, Blackwell remarked: 'He was clearly in breach of club rules.'
Expressing his frustration at the episode, Blackwell said on Leeds' official website: 'Enough is enough, whilst I am in charge I will not have players besmirching the club's reputation.
'The player has stepped out of line and I want us to be seen to do something about it. This club is bigger than any player.
'When people write about my players on the back pages I want it to be for what they're doing right on the pitch and not for anything else.
'Leeds United will not put up with shenanigans from any players.'
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