'It's no coincidence' - Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts to official statement on Leeds player
Darren Bent says that it is “no coincidence” that Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi found himself sent off against Millwall on Saturday despite seeing his red card overturned.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England forward admits he did not think the alleged foul on Tom Bradshaw was a penalty or a red card but that it should not have come as a surprise considering the 31-year-old’s disciplinary record.
Leeds confirmed earlier this week that an independent commission had rescinded the Swiss defender’s red card and suspension after an appeal was launched for wrongful dismissal by the club.
📰 | 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
Despite being available for the club’s next game against Birmingham City, Bent says that the versatile defender is a constant risk for Leeds simply because of his previous record and suggests he could have extra attention on him as a result.
Bent told Football Insider: “I think he is their best defender but these things keep happening and it keeps costing them.
“I don’t think it was (a red card or penalty) but you run these risks, it’s no coincidence these things always seem to be happening around certain players. It always seems to happen.
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“Sometimes you just run the risk of these things happening.”
Berardi came into the starting XI at the Den for the absent Liam Cooper, the centre-back and captain ruled out for a number of weeks due to injury.
The Swiss international, who has one cap for his country, is one of the longest-serving players at Elland Road after five years with the Whites, playing 136 games across all competitions to date.