By Dave Woods

9th Oct, 2019 | 8:31am

FA deliver verdict on Berardi red after Millwall v Leeds clash

Leeds United have won their appeal and the red card against defender Gaetano Berardi has been rescinded. 

Berardi was sent off in the 14th minute of the 2-1 defeat against Millwall on Saturday for an alleged foul on Tom Bradshaw.

If there was any contact it was minimal and Bradshaw went down in a delayed reaction, while Kalvin Phillips was the last man.

Jed Wallace scored the resulting penalty and Millwall went on to take the three points.

Leeds United announced they would be appealing the decision and two former referees threw their weight behind Berardi.

Dermot Gallagher said on Ref Watch (Sky Sports) that he didn’t think it was a penalty and irrespective it wasn’t a red card as Kalvin Phillips was the covering man.

Keith Hackett went even further, saying that it was a “very poor piece of officiating”.

He went on to predict correctly, “Leeds will win their appeal against a red card. It was not a penalty kick, a clear act of simulation. Then to say it was DOGSO is just stupid. I would sit this ref on his hands for a month.”

The successful appeal was announced by the FA Spokesperson Twitter account on Tuesday.

So, good news for Leeds who will be able to play Berardi in the next Championship game against Birmingham a week on Saturday.

However, in a further decision, Tom Bradshaw will not be cited for simulation. The FA said that a review found contact had been made and that as a result the incident wasn’t referred to a panel.

It’s the easy route for the FA to take but it will leave many Leeds fans annoyed at what they saw as clear simulation.

In other Leeds news, Michael Owen delivers verdict after Bamford Millwall v Leeds incident