'Absolute farce', 'Ridiculous' - Leeds fans react to senior star's season-ending bombshell
Leeds United right-back Gaetano Berardi has had his five-game suspension officially confirmed by the Football Association following his dismissal on Saturday against Sunderland.
The Switzerland international will see him miss the remainder of the season as a result of a red card received for a two-footed lunge on Callum McManaman against Sunderland, and comes on top of two other red-cards received by the 29-year-old this campaign.
After being given his marching orders against Cardiff City and Bristol City earlier in the campaign, it means that the defender has missed ten games of the season through suspension, almost 25% of matches.
The Swiss-native on the whole is well-liked by the Whites faithful who appreciate the gust and effort that he puts into his game but following this latest setback it would seem as though this is no longer the case, and they are beginning to turn on him.
Many fans turned to dubbing their senior star a “liability” for his actions, with several suggesting his time at the club must be up and they should be shipping him out in the summer.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his contract with the Elland Road outfit so unless there are any offers for his services in the interim, he will be at the club for the foreseeable.
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Here is a selection of reactions on Twitter from irate Leeds fans who commented on Berardi’s confirmed suspension:
Big fan of Berardi..plays the game with passion but missing 10 games through suspension is ridiculous, hopefully he stays but needs to work on his discipline.
— Jordan Smith (@Jord_Elliott) April 9, 2018
I’d play with passion but I’m not a professional footballer. Berardi is league one standard at best. We’re a professional football club not a Sunday league club
— Matty Harrison (@harrisonmatty1) April 9, 2018
The act has worn off now with him, he's passionate that can't be argued but he's a liability. He's supposed to lead by example as Captain and when the going gets tough he loses his head. One who should be offloaded in the Summer.#lufc
— 19MOT19 (@RyanLUFC91) April 9, 2018
Move on Beradi been a decent serving but your a liability
— juan kerr (@adkerr28) April 9, 2018
Fed up with reading "Berardi plays with passion" it means nothing if you're not good enough and can't control yourself.
— jamie croft (@CroftLeeds) April 9, 2018
@LUFC Time to go Berardi. Your wages should be donated to charity and please shut the door on your way out.
— Lee Hesh (@lee_hesh) April 9, 2018
Berardi now suspended for the rest of season, so… Cooper,Pennington,Ayling,Berardi,Shaughnessy, De Bock all out now. Absolute farce at the back, only Pontus left as an established 1st team defender. #lufc
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) April 9, 2018
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) April 9, 2018
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