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Don Goodman pleads for leniency for Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi

Don Goodman says Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi should not get a further ban.

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi faces a ban after getting sent off against Rotherham United at the weekend.

The full-back was dismissed after getting retaliating to Leon Best, who himself was sent off for elbowing the Swiss defender, breaking his nose.

SkySports pundit Don Goodman is a man who has irked Leeds fans in the past with his commentary and analysis, but told their website yesterday that he had sympathy for the former Sampdoria defender.

Goodman told SkySports that Berardi should not face further action for appearing to shove a linesman, who was attempting to stop him getting involved in a further altercation with Leon Best.

He said: "I don't think Berardi got sent-off for the shove but he was very aggressive with an assistant referee, knocking the flag out of his hand. He was trying to get at Best. It's that aggression that has got him sent-off.

"He'll get a three game ban but I hope the FA don't take any further action. By sending Best off, they've deemed Berardi, who had blood streaming from his nose, has been on the end of something unsavoury. Therefore they've got to take that into consideration."

Berardi has been one of Leeds' most consistent players this season, whether at left-back or right-back, so a short spell without him would be a blow.

Even with this in mind, the club are well covered at full-back. Sam Byram got a run out for the under-21s on Monday, while Charlie Taylor is hoping to return from illness to give the side a much needed boost ahead of Saturday's finish against an equally underwhelming QPR side.

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