It was a disappointing afternoon for Leeds United away at Millwall on Saturday, with the Whites suffering a 2-1 defeat at the Den.
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However, the result was heavily influenced by the early sending off of defender Gaetano Berardi. The Swiss centre-back received his marching orders when he was deemed to have brought down Tom Bradshaw in the box and denied him a goalscoring opportunity.
Jed Wallace took the resulting spot-kick and scored before Bradshaw himself put the Lions 2-0 up just before the break. Ezgjan Alioski pulled one back for Bielsa’s side, but it wasn’t enough as they suffered a third defeat of the campaign.
It would be fair to say that Berardi has a poor disciplinary record, indeed this is the eighth red card of his Elland Road career.
However, it does appear as though this one was a little harsh as replays show that there is minimal contact if any between the two players and even if there is, it doesn’t look a clear goalscoring opportunity.
A post on Leeds United’s official Twitter page on Sunday showed a video of the incident, and also confirmed that they intend to appeal the decision.
Plenty of their supporters responded to the Tweet, with most suggesting that the decision should be overturned but few seemed to believe that it actually would be.
Here is what some Leeds United fans had to say following the news that the club would appeal Berardi’s red card…
It will be overturned. He should get Berra’s ban for the dive but we don’t get the points back.
— Lord Bielsa (@LordBielsa) October 6, 2019
— Martin Threadgold (@FredgoldMartin) October 6, 2019
Damn right it was a disgraceful decision. I would also like to add the foil on Harrison was more of a peno than this!
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) October 6, 2019
I’m sure the EFL and FA will rescind. They tend to be pretty good in this sort of situation 😏
Why dive? He’s through on goal? Shows you how awful he is – if he can’t believe in himself to score from there! #lufc
— Leeds That 🤷🏻♂️ – lufc podcast (@leedsthat) October 6, 2019
Bradshaw should be charged with successful deception like they did with Bamford
— John Paul Redmond (@john_leeds25) October 6, 2019
Absolutely no chance. Guarantee now this will not be overturned. Reason being – it’s Leeds 🤷🏾♂️
— Matt Standish (@MattStan4) October 6, 2019
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