Gaetano Berardi has apologised to Leeds fans and teammates after getting his third red card of the season against Sunderland, but said he can’t play without “fire”.
He’s now set to miss the rest of the season after a five-game suspension that means he will have missed a total of 10 games this season through suspension.
Berardi has been popular with Leeds fans for giving 100% but they have slammed the player after his latest red card.
Berardi, talking to LUTV, said that he made a “big mistake” and that it’s “not good enough” but said that he doesn’t think of things like this on the pitch, only of giving 100%.
“I recognise that I made a big mistake, again.
“It’s not good enough for a senior professional player. If I’m here now it’s because I want to say I’m sorry and because I respect my team-mates, the club and the fans.
“It’s a big mistake. I will stop making mistakes when I die, I think. There’s a big fire in me and without it I can’t play football. If I remove this fire I just go home and find a job. That’s all I can say.
“It’s my fire and it’s my way to play football, maybe it’s not good.”
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds fans hated Berardi getting his third red card of the season, meaning he’s missed a quarter of the season through suspension. However, they will love his honesty here. He claims that his discipline problems come from wanting to give 100% but admits that it’s “not good enough”. He says if he takes the fire out he might as well go home and get a normal job and Leeds fans won’t want that. However, he does need to find a way to tame his game a bit and avoid red cards. Three in a season is not good enough, no-matter how much you want to please.