Leeds United have suggested on their official Twitter account that they plan to appeal the red card shown to Gaetano Berardi in the Whites’ defeat to Millwall.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were given a mountain to climb inside 14 minutes at the Den. Leeds had only won one of their previous 10 visits to Millwall, and it quickly looked likely that that run was about to get worse.
Tom Bradshaw broke into the box and went down as Berardi ran behind him. The referee James Linington immediately pointed to the spot, and decided to show Berardi a red card.
Regardless of whether the decision to award a penalty was correct, there is no question that the dismissal looked a bizarre call from the official.
Kalvin Phillips was standing between Bradshaw and the goal and looked to be far enough round that there was no guarantee that the Millwall striker would get a shot away at Kiko Casilla.
Unsurprisingly, the decision angered a lot of Leeds fans. The Lions went on to win 2-1, but the visitors played a lot of good football, particularly in the second-half. So many fans felt that the referee had cost them dearly.
And it appears that Leeds themselves plan to take action. The club have seemingly confirmed on Twitter that Berardi’s red card will be appealed.
The Whites’ post included a video of the penalty incident, and appears to show that Berardi, at most, makes minimal contact with Bradshaw and certainly nowhere near enough to send the striker down as he manages to take another step before hitting the turf.
Here is Leeds’s post on Twitter…
? We will be appealing this on Monday pic.twitter.com/5E7t3SEefX
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 6, 2019