Leeds fans react to Jacqui Oatley tweet on Berardi red
Leeds fans were filled with a sense of injustice after the 2-1 defeat to Millwall on Saturday, after Gaetano Berardi was awarded a red card and the home side given a penalty they converted to take the lead.
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher sided with Leeds on Ref Watch on Sky Sports, saying that he didn’t think it was a penalty (there was minimal if any contact) and that it was definitely not a red card as Kalvin Phillips was in a covering position.
Sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley tweeted about the incident on Monday saying, “Dermot Gallagher on Ref Watch on @ just now saying ref made major error(s) in Leeds’ defeat at Millwall on Sat. Berardi wrongly sent off in 14th min & Millwall awarded penalty (for 1-0, they lost 2-1). VAR would’ve corrected that immediately in @ .”
She followed up by saying the red card for Berardi will “surely” get overturned.
— Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) October 7, 2019
Leeds are appealing the red card but, as many fans pointed out, it won’t affect the result of the game, which could come back to haunt the club at the end of the season.
VAR might have stopped Berardi getting sent off but it’s debatable whether it would have wiped the penalty. Very few decisions have been overruled in the Premier League, with VAR needing to judge it as a clear and obvious error.
Irrespective, fans pointed out that VAR won’t be introduced in the lower leagues with one saying, “If it’s not EPL it isn’t football”.
Given the reaction to the incident – including a strong condemnation of the officiating from another former referee Keith Hackett – you would have to assume that the Leeds appeal will be successful.
In the meantime, the Leeds fans are bristling with injustice.
The problem we have Jacqui is that we will continue to see more and more of these blatant errors in the EFL with us being told VAR would over rule them. However, we will never see it in the lower leagues. If it's not EPL it isn't football.
— Right In The Gary Kellys (@RITGK) October 7, 2019
Totally agree that anything outside of the top flight might as well not exist, but we won't see VAR in the lower leagues because there simply aren't enough officials to cover every game. And that's before you even consider cost.
— Jo Bedford 🐾 (@El_Loco_Jo) October 8, 2019
Was an outrageous decision… Referee was perfectly placed…it's hard to explain…🤷♂️
— jay simon (@jaysimonleeds1) October 7, 2019
On the take…😳
Take a look at his record…refereed three #lufc matches-sent off 4 players.🤷🏻♂️
Ridiculous. This should have been though… pic.twitter.com/RWsmuAKgY2
— Darren Buxton (@Buxton82DC) October 7, 2019
You know it's a bad decision when even sky are saying it was bad
— MAX 🏆(C) (@max_leach) October 7, 2019
Blind man could see those errors,it was more on a penalty on Harrison than there's.🤬just another 💩 referee
— Coxy🏆⚽️🏉 (@gurucox) October 7, 2019
You can not get the points back and no amount of tv retired reff saying he got it wrong. Helps us but let us see if any retrospective punishment is dishex out to the cheating player and tbe reff for failling to do his job fairly. With out bias
— Michael Yates (@Michael71756001) October 7, 2019