Bet­ter red than dead

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

When he was sent off ear­lier this month for an ill-ad­vised lunge on Sun­der­land’s Cal­lum McMana­man it was the third red card of the sea­son for Leeds United de­fender Gae­tano Ber­ardi, his five-game sus­pen­sion bring­ing to 10 the num­ber of matches he had to sit out for his club through their Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

That’s 4.6 per cent of their games, which is quite a lot.

He was re­pen­tant-ish about it all. “I re­flected a lot af­ter the game, I recog­nised that I did a big mis­take, again.” But? “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.” Did he prom­ise to be­have forth­with? “I will stop mak­ing mis­takes when I die, I think.”

That would pos­si­bly be a no.

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