Danny Mills has claimed that there should be an explanation as to why Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi was sent off against Millwall at the weekend, after his red card was rescinded by the FA.
The centre-back was shown a straight red card by referee James Linington after just 14 minutes of the Whites’ 2-1 defeat at The Den, after bringing down Millwall striker Tom Bradshaw in the box – resulting in a penalty which was scored by Jed Wallace.
However, replays showed that there was hardly any contact between the two players and Berardi’s one-match suspension was overturned after Leeds appealed against the decision.
Berardi started the match for the Whites at centre-back in place of the injured Liam Cooper but his afternoon did not last long, as he was sent of for the eighth time in his Leeds career.
However, former Leeds defender Mills has insisted that Berardi was unfortunate to have been sent off and has demanded an explanation as to why he was shown the red card.
“I didn’t understand it. I thought the double jeopardy rule had gone – I thought if you were making a deliberate attempt for the ball or it wasn’t deliberate act to bring somebody down, then it’s just a penalty,” Mills told Football Insider.
“I don’t understand where the red card’s come from. It’s easy to say he lacks discipline and this, that and the other but in this case, he was just unfortunate. I think the red card wasn’t warranted, it wasn’t necessary.
“What I would like, what I’m sure everybody would like, is an explanation as to why he was sent off. What, under the laws of the game, did the referee decide was a red card offence? That would be most impressive to hear, but don’t hold your breath.”
I think Mills makes a good point here. You can say what you like about Berardi and how he lacks discipline, but to be fair to him, he was very unfortunate to have been sent off against Millwall.
There was little, if any contact, between him and Bradshaw. Even then, surely a penalty alone would have been enough of punishment?
As Mills says, it would be good to get an explanation as to why he was sent off, but the main thing for Leeds is that the red card has been overturned.
With Cooper injured, it would have been a major blow for Leeds to have been without Berardi for their next game, but at least they don’t have to worry about that now.