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VINE: Leeds United debutant commits horror tackle

Gaetano Berardi channelled former Leeds heroes with his high challenge in League Cup tie.

In the 1960's and 70's, Leeds United endured their longest period of sustained success, with two First Division titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, and numerous second place finishes - including a runners up finish in the 1975 European Cup final.

However, during this era, the Whites picked up the nickname and reputation that has remained with them to the present day - 'Dirty Leeds'. Despite only small amounts of evidence to support these claims, the inclusion of colossal players caused many to jump to conclusions about the style of play embraced at Elland Road - forgetting to mention the supreme technical talents of Billy Bremner, Eddie Gray and Johnny Giles.

Even the most publicly famous game of this era - the 1970 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea - saw the Blues throw their weight around in a match regarded for its 'proper' representation of classic English football.

Yet, it appears as if one of United's many new signings has been taking the club history to heart, with Gaetano Berardi committing a horror tackle on his Whites debut.

The once-capped Switzerland international arrived at Elland Road this summer following Massimo Cellino's takeover of the club, having had spells in Italy with Brescia and Sampdoria. He only managed to make the bench for the opening day of the Championship season, although the talented full-back was allowed to make his debut in yesterdays League Cup tie with Accrington Stanley.

Having gone 2-0 up, it appeared as if head coach Dave Hockaday had overseen a simple victory, although an 84th minute goal from James Gray had the Whites faithful scared - especially when Berardi flew in two footed at waist height and received an instant red card.

Despite the dismissal, the full-back put in an impressive performance, and Hockaday will be unhappy to miss him for three challenging Championship fixtures with Middlesbrough, Brighton and Watford.

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