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Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has ban reduced following appeal

The full-back will now miss two games after having his ban reduced by the FA.

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi will serve a two-match ban, after the FA decided to reduce the ban by one game following his red card against Rotherham United, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The Swiss defender was dismissed after reacting to an elbow from Millers debutant Leon Best. Berardi - who was left with a bloody nose - shoved the Rotherham striker to the ground before both men were sent off.

The FA issued a statement where they outlined how they decided to reduce the ban because they felt that a punishment of three games was too strong.

"Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi has had his three-match suspension reduced to two matches following a successful appeal by the club.

"Leeds contested that the standard penalty for the offence was excessive and this claim was upheld with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing," the statement read.

The news is a major boost to Steve Evans' side. While the former Sampdoria man will be missing for United's trip to Loftus Road to face Queens Park Rangers and the clash against Championship leaders Hull City, he will be available for the game against Charlton Athletic. 

The 27-year-old has been one of the club's best players this season, and offers a versatility that has allowed him to play on both sides of the back four. And with Charlie Taylor gradually returning from injury and Sam Byram looking out of sorts, having Berardi available for the game at The Valley will provide the rest of the side with a lift as they try to steer themselves away from the wrong end of the table. 

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