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It’s the topic that has more or less dominated the Leeds United universe since the game finished.
The penalty and red card that gave Millwall both a goal and man advantage after just 15 minutes.
Speaking on Sky Sports News (via Yorkshire Evening Post) former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher and ex-player Stephen Warnock have given their views on not just the penalty, but the red card to Gaetano Berardi as well, and it seems as though referee on the day James Linington got both of his decisions wrong.
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What have they said?
Berardi was remarkably shown his seventh yellow card in a Leeds shirt last Saturday as he was adjudged to have brought down Tom Bradshaw.
The decision wasn’t just controversial because he barely touched him, but also due to the fact that the Swiss defender wasn’t actually the last man.
Speaking about the events that played out, Gallagher noted:
“Even if it is a penalty I don’t think it is a red card because Kalvin Phillips will cut him off when he goes down. If he’s touched, maybe he gets a little touch. But it’s not a penalty for me and it’s certainly not a red card.”
Former Leeds United player Warnock added to the analysis by talking about how he would have felt in that situation.
“When you talk about the players in and around, for a red card to be brandished is just incredible. I wouldn’t have been best pleased if that was me.”
Can Berardi be trusted?
A sigh of relief for Leeds
Whilst it will do nothing to change the outcome of the game, it will at least give Leeds United some hope they will be able to win their appeal to the EFL over the matter.
Given that Leeds are set to be down defender and captain Liam Cooper for a number of weeks through injury, it will certainly come as a relief to some at Leeds that they won’t have to dig any deeper into the squad to find a replacement.
Although given Berardi’s track record when it comes to discipline, it wouldn’t be unthinkable to picture a scenario where we might be revisiting this topic again soon after the international break.
Therefore, even if it does get overturned Marcelo Bielsa must think long and hard about whether Berardi is the right man for the job. So far it seems unlikely.