Leeds United news: Gaetano Berardi wins appeal against red card in defeat to Millwall
- October 9, 2019
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Berardi was given a straight red in the 14th minute at The Den – referee James Linington concluding Berardi had denied Tom Bradshaw a clear goalscoring chance when the striker went down in the penalty area.
Video replays appeared to show little, if any, contact had been made by Berardi on Bradshaw, who was also awarded a penalty, converted by Jed Wallace.
Leeds said in a statement: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has removed Gaetano Berardi’s one-match suspension with immediate effect following a claim of wrongful dismissal.
“The Whites defender was sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity against Millwall in the EFL Championship on October 5, 2019.”
Berardi, who had been recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of injured captain Liam Cooper, will be available for Leeds’ next game, at home against Birmingham on October 19 after the international break.
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Millwall went on to win their first league game in eight matches against 10-man Leeds, who went down to their third Championship defeat of the season.
After the game, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said: “The result should be different.
“Each time we lose, always I find few logical reasons to justify it. For me, it’s always a shame to have to explain why we lost. With 10 men we were better than them.
“Always, we are trying to explain why what we want doesn’t happen. Maybe that impacts the tolerance of the people who are listening to this kind of justification.”
There were three important situations in the match: the penalty, the red card and the next situation where [Jack] Harrison (went down in the box). Those three actions you can judge on the television.
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