'Don't hold your breath' - Exclusive: Danny Mills baffled after official Leeds statement
Danny Mills says that there should be an explanation provided by the officials after seeing Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi have his red card against Millwall rescinded by the FA.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender insists that the Swiss international should not have been dismissed in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the Den when conceding a penalty in the first 15 minutes of the clash.
Berardi was shown a red by referee James Linington for an alleged foul on Tom Bradshaw, the Lions going on to convert the spot-kick, but replays suggested there was little to no contact made between the players, with the decision overturned upon appeal.
📰 | An independent Commission has removed Gaetano Berardi’s one-match suspension with immediate effect following a claim of wrongful dismissal
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 8, 2019
Mills insists that the amendments of the double jeopardy rules should have seen Berardi avoid being dismissed and that he would like to hear an explanation either from the officials or the governing body after such a notable mistake.
Mills told Football Insider: “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.
“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.
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“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.”
Berardi came into the side against Millwall for the injured Liam Cooper, who faces six weeks on the sidelines after being a mainstay in the side alongside Ben White.
Leeds head into the international break sitting fifth in the Championship table, with a home tie against Birmingham City waiting on the other side of the two-week gap.
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