The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been slating Swiss right-back Gaetano Berardi after his straight red card against Sunderland on Saturday has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The combative full-back now faces a five-game ban, ruling him out for the rest of Leeds’ season, and the fans wouldn’t be fussed if Saturday was his last appearance for the club. You can read the full report in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 8, 2018
Leeds drew 1-1 with 23rd placed Sunderland at Elland Road on Saturday as they took another step towards a meaningless mid-table spot. Sunderland have been in dire form and the Yorkshire club were expected to take all three points from them as they at least try to gain some momentum going into the last couple of months of the season. It wasn’t to be though as Pablo Hernandez’ equaliser cancelled out Paddy McNair’s opener to share the spoils.
Sunderland’s Callum McManaman felt the full force of Leeds United in the fixture, as he was on the wrong end of Berardi’s horror challenge that earned him his third Championship dismissal. Berardi was previously shown red for a headbutt in Leeds 3-0 win over Bristol City last year and for two bookable offences in their 4-1 loss to Cardiff in February. The Swiss’ most recent red will take his suspension tally to no less than ten games for the season as Leeds continue to drift into a ninth straight season in the second-tier.
You can read our local Whites’ verdict on Berardi’s dismissal here:
I don’t care if he never wears the shirt again. We do like a cult hero, whose effort or commitment counters any shortfall in ability. But cult heroes shouldn’t be liabilities.
— CK (@ephemeraljoy) April 8, 2018
Has always had a red card in him. Another liability but on a long deal. Interesting summer ahead with our impending fire sale!
— Paul Bowler (@paulbowler60) April 9, 2018
Most red cards are mis timed attempts to get the ball, Phil. V few have intent to injure another player. Tackling two footed, off ground is a red every time and he knows that. No excuse for it. We could've sneaked a win, finished hanging on. He's a liability.
— Andy Mac (@pantsdanny) April 8, 2018
Hero to zero I'm afraid. I'd still buy him a pint in the pub.
— Escape to Prague (@escapetoprague) April 8, 2018
Can’t see us investing much next season that’s why we have Heck as he won’t complain . Unless the younger players come good we will struggle again . Such a shame after such a good season under Monk .
— Steve H (@steve_halstead) April 8, 2018
Think hes just a squad player not reliable id rather coyle to start next season playing rwb of a back 5 like he does at fleetwood and shift ayling cb
— Casey (@ShaneCase94) April 8, 2018
Can’t wait until the end of the season. Heckingbottom OUT, Orta OUT, and Most of this team OUT!!! And if Radrizzani hasn’t got the money to invest, then sell the club, to someone who will spend on quality players, not garbage. Enough is enough now.
— David Pollard (@DavidPo49622556) April 9, 2018
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