The Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern have had the expected confirmed today. Swiss international Gaetano Berardi was given a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Sunderland’s Callum McManaman on Saturday and has now received a five-match ban, as the mandatory three-match ban has an extra game added on for any previous red cards in the season.
The FA's website has confirmed a five-match ban for Gaetano Berardi. That's the end of his season. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 9, 2018
The news is sure to bring mixed reactions from the Elland Road faithful. Berardi no doubt plays for the shirt when he turns out for Leeds, although to have been given your marching orders three times in a single Championship season is far from an achievement. The 29-year-old was sent off for a headbutt in Leeds 3-0 win over Bristol City back in October and received two yellow cards in the club’s 4-1 loss to Cardiff in February.
Leeds United season is set to end almost miserably as Berardi’s has, they’ve managed just two wins in their last 15 Championship games after being in contention for a playoff spot around Christmas and even having topped the table for two weeks in September. The club are now fighting for nothing and look destined to face their ninth straight season in the Championship next year as The Whites have to suffer through another season out of the Premier League.
You can read our resident Leeds fans’ verdict on Berardi’s suspension here:
Maybe Heck will actually play Pearce now
— Rainy (@JtotheRain) April 9, 2018
The act has worn off now with him, he's passionate that can't be argued but he's a liability. He's supposed to lead by example as Captain and when the going gets tough he loses his head. One who should be offloaded in the Summer.#lufc
— ExcitedEastStander (@RyanLUFC91) April 9, 2018
Thank god for that! Squad player at most, bloke should take up boxing or something! people who say 'hes passionate, at least he tries' are the reason this club is in the same position year in year out #lufc
— Ben Wilkinson (@ben_wilkinson9) April 9, 2018
Fed up with reading "Berardi plays with passion" it means nothing if you're not good enough and can't control yourself.
— jamie croft (@CroftLeeds) April 9, 2018
and probably his time a leeds utd
— edward kelly (@lionarmour) April 9, 2018