With OGC Nice and ex-Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli recently getting sent off against Lorient for the third time in Ligue 1 this season, we got thinking about which player has the most red cards in Premier League history.
It is a well-known fact that ex-England star Gareth Barry holds the record for receiving the most yellow cards in the Premier League, yet there are a number of players with more red cards to their name. Over the years, the English top flight has seen it’s fair share of ‘bad boys’ and villains, however below are the cream of the crop.
Duncan Ferguson – 8 Red Cards
The former Everton and Newcastle United man received a joint-top 8 red cards in his Premier League career, gaining the himself nickname ‘Duncan Disorderly’ in the process. In 1994, whilst playing for Rangers, the Scotsman was famously given a three-month jail sentence for head-butting an opposition player on the pitch.
Richard Dunne – 8 Red Cards
Irishman Richard Dunne played for Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers over his 19-year career. In 2009, the centre back received his 8th red card against Wigan Athletic, meaning he equalled the record for most red cards in Premier League history. However, it must be noted that in the remaining 6 years of his career, he didn’t receive another Premier League red card.
Patrick Vieira – 8 Red Cards
Patrick Vieira is famous for being the captain of the Arsenal team aptly named ‘The Invincibles’ after managing to claim the Premier League title in 2003/4 without losing a single match. However, he was also known for his feisty nature and no-nonsense tackling, especially against his ‘arch-nemesis’, Manchester United captain, Roy Keane. This feisty nature managed to gain the Frenchman joint first place in the list of most red cards in Premier League history.
Lee Cattermole – 7 Red Cards
Lee Cattermole finds himself in second place on the list of most red cards in Premier League history… and he is still playing! After being given the nickname ‘Clattermole’, it is highly expected that the Sunderland man will eventually find his name at the top of this list, something which is nothing to be proud about.
Roy Keane – 7 Red Cards
Roy Keane’s inclusion on the list of most red cards in Premier League history comes as no surprise. The ex-Manchester United captain was famous for his his brilliant footballing mind and commanding midfield performances as well as his thunderous, no-nonsense behaviour on the pitch which often resulted in him getting into altercations with opposing players.