Most Red Cards in Premier League History

Mark Clattenberg dishing out a red card.

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.

Mario Balotelli after receiving a red card
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

Duncan Ferguson angry

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

Richard Dunne receiving a red card

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 with Roy Keane

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 receiving a red card.

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 finds himself in our list of players with the most red cards in Premier League history.

 
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.

Bendtner Released By Wolfsburg

Nicklas Bendtner has been released by Wolfsburg. The one time Arsenal prospect has failed to impress at the German club and subsequently has seen his time at Die Wölfe cut short by a year.

Nicklas Bendtner

Since signing a contract in 2014, Bendtner has appeared 31 times and has scored just three goals… not exactly what Wolfsburg need to mount a challenge on the impenetrable force that is Bayern Munich. The 28-year-old ‘burst’ on to scene as a youngster at Arsenal where he made 108 appearances. At first, the Dane received a lot of interest around the world, and looked to be a promising striker for the Gunners, but, after only scoring 28 goals for them, the North London outfit decided to cut their losses, sending him out on loan to Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus until his contract came to an end.

Bendtner-Juventus

Some sympathy has to be shown for ‘Lord Bendtner’ as he has always been the butt of the joke in the media and has been relentlessly trolled on social media due to his lack of success at Arsenal. Although, it is pretty hard to feel sorry for a man who is married to a Danish princess and has been getting paid ludicrous amounts of money his whole life!

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Who knows, we may yet see Nicklas Bendtner in the Premier League again if some brave manager feels to give him a second coming… or he could simply retire and enjoy his life as a member of the Danish royalty.

Pirlo Praises Assist-King Özil

Andrea Pirlo has claimed that Mesut Özil is the “most creative player in Europe right now” due to the huge number of chances he creates for his Arsenal team-mates.

There can’t be much more of an honour in football than being complimented by the legendary ex-Juventus pass-master. He claims that Özil has “vision like nobody else in Europe” and rejoiced in the fact that the German “Creates an unbelievable amount of chances for attackers playing ahead of him.”

If the 27-year-old keeps up this blistering hot form, surely he has a chance of making it into Germany’s European Championships squad, despite the already huge array of talent available at Joachim Löw’s disposal.

Champions League: Ties of the Round

The Round of 16 for the Champions League 2015/16 has thrown up some very tasty fixtures, as well as a fixture which has become a familiarity in the past few seasons too.

Arsenal v Barcelona:
It seems that every season in the Champions League Arsenal draw one of the favourites to win the tournament in the Round of 16, and get knocked out.

2010/2011: Knocked out by Barcelona
2011/2012: Knocked out by AC Milan
2012/2013: Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2013/2014:Knocked out by Bayern Munich
2014/2015: Knocked out by Monaco

This year Arsene Wenger’s men get to face the unstoppable front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar… good luck!

Paris Saint Germaine v Chelsea:
For the third year running, Chelsea have been drawn against French club, Paris Saint Germaine. Two of Europe’s biggest teams will yet again battle it out to advance in the competition.

2013/14: Chelsea 3:3 PSG – Chelsea win on away goals.
2014/15:Chelsea 3:3 PSG – PSG on away goals after extra time.

Expect to see another 3-3 draw, it seems to be a running trend for this fixture!

Juventus v Bayern Munich:
Last year’s finalists, Juventus, have been drawn against the seemingly unstoppable German force that is Bayern Munich. Despite having a team which is arguably weaker than last year’s team after the departure of the likes of Carlos Tevez and Andrea Pirlo, Juventus are still a massive threat to Bayern, who are at the summit of the Bundesliga.

The Other Ties:

Roma v Real Madrid

Benfica v Zenit St. Petersburg

Gent v Wolfsburg