Leeds defender has ban reduced after Rotherham incident

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Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has had his suspension for his red card against Rotherham reduced to two games on appeal.

The 27-year-old Swiss player was shown a straight red in his side’s 1-0 Championship defeat at Elland Road on Saturday after being involved in an off-the-ball incident with Leon Best.

Best was dismissed for an apparent elbow in the Leeds man’s face, with Berardi - who was left with a bloody nose - joining him for an early bath for his reaction, which included getting feisty with the officials.

Berardi was facing a standard three-game ban but the Football Association on Tuesday confirmed via its Twitter feed the suspension had been reduced to two matches after Leeds’ claim that the punishment was excessive had been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

Although the club appealed over the duration of the ban, a statement on Leeds’ website stressed they “did not condone” Berardi’s actions and fully accepted his sending off.

n Gillingham closed the gap on SLeague One leaders Coventry to just a point after a 2-0 win over Rochdale. Bradley Dack’s right-footed effort on seven minutes and Adedeji Oshilaja’s late strike saw the Gills bounce back to winning ways following the 4-1 defeat by Coventry on Saturday.

Coventry were less impressive on their return to action, though, as they were held to a 0-0 draw away at play-off chasing Bradford, who moved into the top six courtesy of Bury’s 2-1 home loss against Scunthorpe.

Burton remain hot on the heels of the top two following an impressive 1-0 win at fellow promotion hopefuls Wigan. The Brewers snatched all three points when Abdenasser El Khayati fired home with just 13 minutes remaining.

Crewe remained rooted at the bottom despite fighting back to earn a dramatic 3-2 win away at Colchester.

Callum Harriott and George Moncur goals either side of the break put Colchester in control before second-half strikes from Ryan Colclough and Marcus Haber got the Railwaymen back on track.

Striker Ryan Lowe, who re-signed for Crewe on loan from Bury on Monday, then stepped off the bench to score in the final minute and complete the turnaround.

Oldham plunged into the drop zone after a crushing 5-2 home defeat against Southend and they took the place of Swindon who beat fourth-placed Walsall 2-1 thanks to Louis Thompson’s last-gasp winner at the County Ground.