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Leeds fans take to Twitter to berate Berardi after Derby dismissal

Leeds fans take to Twitter to berate Berardi after Derby dismissal

The less that is said about Leeds United’s display last night the better. When it mattered, the Whites buckled under the immense pressure and weight of expectation at Elland Road and will face yet another season in the Championship. It could have been different, though, had Gaetano Berardi not got himself needlessly dismissed.

As defeats go, this is the toughest the Elland Road faithful have had to stomach for a long time, and it will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the fans for months to come. Part of the reason for that is because it was so avoidable. Even after a catalogue of errors, at 3-2 down they were set for extra time before Gaetano Berardi lost his rag and got dismissed, and from there it was always going one way.

Had Marcelo Bielsa’s side been able to limp through to full-time at 3-2, 3-3 on aggregate, anything could have happened. But no, Berardi, who was dismissed three times in the Championship last season, picked up his sixth red card in Leeds’ colours and condemned his side to defeat, as with ten men the fourth Derby goal, the winning goal, was always going to be on the cards.

You can see what the Whites made of Berardi’s sending off here:

The Whites were absolutely livid with Berardi and will take comfort from the fact that last night was most likely the last time he’ll kick a ball for them.

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