Date: 21st May 2019 at 7:01pm
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Gaetano Berardi began the campaign as one of Marcel Bielsa’s first-choice defenders, but some United supporters hope the 30-year-old is not around to see the start of the new campaign come August.

What has proven to be the final straw for so many of the Whites fanbase has been the centre-back’s disciplinary record, or rather lack of, which saw referee Anthony Taylor issue Berardi his marching orders in our Play-Offs defeat at home to Derby County earlier in the month.

As it happens, that red card was Berardi’s seventh since joining the club from Sampdoria five years ago, worryingly making him the joint-most sent off player in Leeds United history – level with only Alan Smith.

Altogether, the 1-cap former Switzerland defender has seen a straight red card on four occasions, and issued two yellow cards in a game thrice.

From Berardi’s other six sending offs, prior to our defeat to Derby, all but one also came after the 70-minute mark, with two coming in the 89th or 90th minute. His only red card earlier than the 70th minute came against Cardiff City, when he was forced to leave the pitch deep into first-half stoppage play.

We went on to lose to the Bluebirds 4-1 that day, and lost to Rotherham in 2015, while we were able to draw with Sunderland, and beat Bristol City, Accrington Stanley and Huddersfield despite Berardi’s red card.

With his contract entering its final twelve months in July, however, these fans hope the club opt to cash in rather than renew…

 
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