By Dave Woods

8th Oct, 2019 | 7:58am

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 @SkySportNewsHD 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 @premierleague.”

She followed up by saying the red card for Berardi will “surely” get overturned.

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.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

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.


In other Leeds news, Jermaine Beckford makes big claim about Leeds and names one thing that will get season flying.