By Dave Woods

10th Oct, 2019 | 11:17am

'Get him gone', 'Gives 110%' – These Leeds fans react to Phil Hay claim about 31y/o

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has hinted that this might be the last season for firebrand defender Gaetano Berardi at Leeds.

Berardi, 31, who just won his appeal against his latest red card (it would have been his 8th at Leeds), is out of contract in the summer and unlike others at the club, hasn’t had any talks about an extension.

Others in a similar predicament at Elland Road have been treated differently. Stuart Dallas signed a new contract last month, while Mateusz Klich and Pablo Hernandez are currently in talks.

Leeds fans have generally had Berardi’s back, despite simultaneously seeing him as a bit of a liability.

When he got his third red card of the 17/18 season he apologised to fans but said, “I will stop making mistakes when I die I think. There’s a big fire in me and without it I can’t play football. If I remove this fire I just go home and find a job. That’s all I can say.” [Yorkshire Evening Post]

Fans appreciate players with fire and passion but not when it really costs the club and many haven’t forgiven Berardi for getting sent off in the play-off semi-final against Derby County last season.

It wouldn’t have been a surprise for anyone to hear about him getting sent off in just his second Championship start against Millwall this season, but this time it was a mistake by the referee – although Berardi put himself in that position with a poor bit of defending on the edge of the box that let Millwall’s Tom Bradshaw through on goal in the first place.

And, despite winning his appeal, there are still a section of fans who see him as a liability now and who will be glad to see him go in the summer.

It’s not unanimous. Berardi still has his fans but he needs to prove to them that he can perform well and stay on the pitch in the next few weeks while Liam Cooper is out.

Here’s the proof of the split among fans.

In other Leeds news, Victor Orta responds when asked if Leeds are planning any big Jan transfers