Better red than dead
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.