Chris Kamara delivers verdict on Berardi red card v Millwall
Leeds lost 2-1 to Millwall on Saturday and slipped to fifth in the table after the defeat.
The game was stacked against Leeds early on – Gaetano Berardi had stepped in for the injured Liam Cooper but was given his marching orders just 14 minutes into the game. Millwall were awarded a penalty and Jed Wallace converted it to give the home side the lead.
So far, so Berardi. With that red card – his eighth for Leeds – he became the most sent-off player in the club’s history.
LANDMARK: Gaetano Berardi becomes the club’s most red carded player in @LUFC history with his 8th sending off.
🔴 Derby (78')
🔴 Sunderland (90')
🔴 Cardiff (45+4')
🔴 Bristol City (79')
🔴 Rotherham (74')
🔴 Huddersfield (73')
🔴 Accrington Stanley (89')
🔴 Millwall (14’)
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 5, 2019
However, as manager Marcelo Bielsa said afterwards, there are red cards and red cards, and this one looked like an extremely poor decision.
With clips posted on Twitter, fans slammed the referee with Berardi seemingly making no contact with Tom Bradshaw and Kalvin Phillips back as the last man anyway.
THIS IS THE BERARDI RED CARD.
Yes, a red card. One of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen.pic.twitter.com/SZj2Na4co3
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) October 5, 2019
Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara threw his weight behind Berardi too, tweeting, “Just been to see a replay on the Berardi sending off penalty incident and it looks like he didn’t clip his man at all”.
Just been to see a replay on the Berardi sending off penalty incident & it looks like he didn’t clip his man at all
— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) October 5, 2019
The penalty and a red card obviously had a huge effect on the game and it’s a tough one to take for Leeds, who dropped down to fifth place after the defeat.
Berardi isn’t totally innocent. He had a chance to clear the ball and let Bradshaw get on the wrong side of him. It was bad defending but, according to Leeds fans and Kamara, it wasn’t worthy of a sending off.