Leeds United lost against Millwall at the weekend in a game where their football was as expansive as it could be with just 10 men on the pitch.
This wasn’t a Sunday league, 7th division game where Jimmy failed to turn up after too much ale on Saturday night. This was a Sky Bet Championship game where the Whites were denied victory by a Sunday League refereeing decision.
Referee James Linington saw fit to send off Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi for a foul on Tom Bradshaw as the Millwall attacker burst into the area. Berardi tried to recover from an earlier defensive lapse and get goalside of the Millwall man. A crossing of shadows, with possibly the faintest hint of contact, saw Bradshaw tumble and earn a penalty.
That decision led to Berardi receiving the eighth red card of his United career, making him the top of that particular table. Millwall easily converted from the spot and went on to take a 2-0 half-time lead. The Whites were valiant in their second-half attacks but, after an early goal, couldn’t get anything out of the game.
However, on Sunday the club said that they intended to appeal Berardi’s card, as evidenced by the following from the club’s Twitter account.
Appeal the red-card decision they did and the Whites have been rewarded with a decision that many will see as a partial victory over an organisation that many supporters accuse of having a bias against their side. Berardi’s red card has been rescinded on account of him not preventing a clear goal-scoring opportunity, compunded by the fact that Kalvin Phillips was covering.
This partial victory over the FA, and their independent panel, is news well received for the club. Yet, many fans are less than happy about just the card being rescinded and the suspension removed. Here’s what some of these fans are saying in response to the FA’s decision.
Berardi red card appeal successful but Leeds United fans still not happy
Referees need to be made to answer though. That directly contributed to the result in a huge way. We can’t get the 3 points back.
— Brandon Yates (@Brandon7Yates) October 8, 2019
When a decision goes in our favour, you know it was a howler.
— Alfie (@AlfieStackhouse) October 8, 2019
The FA have overturned a red card given to a Leeds United player?! 😱 pic.twitter.com/XSBvfMtPBY
— YBI (@YeboahBelieveIt) October 8, 2019
WOW AN FA DECISION IN OUR FAVOUR WHAT A DAY
— Connor (@cpeno) October 8, 2019
Now ban that charlatan from refereeing ever again.
— Barrington (@greenstein007) October 8, 2019
Suspend the Ref! Retraining needed.
— Iain Groundwell (@Hauxley1) October 8, 2019