7 Players With the Most Red Cards in Premier League History

With the Premier League entering its 25th season this year much has been said about the highest goalscorers or the finest players the league has produced. However, after three red cards were seen on the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season, we look back at seven players who feature in a Premier League record books for all the wrong reasons... Ferguson's combative style of play resulted in six straight red cards in the Premier League and a prison sentence while playing for Rangers. The former...

Paul Konchesky (6 Red Cards)

Current Billericay Town full-back Konchesky featured for six Premier League clubs, most notably for Charlton Athletic, Fulham and Liverpool, on his way to collecting 249 appearances in the top-flight.


Despite featuring twice for England and being seen by many as a fairly reliable left-back, Konchesky received five 'straight red cards' and one 'second yellow' during his time in the Premier League, with his straight red card tally putting above other players on six overall red cards.


The London-born player would have finished on seven red cards, but his most recent dismissal against Aston Villa in 2014 was overturned after appeal.

Joey Barton (6 Red Cards)

Joey Barton. As soon as most people hear that name, thoughts of a fairly talented footballer with the discipline of a petulant teenager will come back to memory.


It could be argued that Barton's red card and the subsequent assaults for QPR against Manchester City on the last day of the 2011-12 season handed the Citizens the league title, but more scandalous incidents included headbutting Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson and assaulting his teammate Ousmane Dabo.


Widely seen as one of the dirtiest players to grace the Premier League, Barton will always be seen as a notable player for the wrong reasons.

Lee Cattermole (7 Red Cards)

In 2016 it was reported that Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole had received red and yellow cards more frequently than any player in the history of the Premier League. 


The former Middlesbrough man's record of 1450 minutes per red card is one of the worst ever in the Premier League and by the age of 20 he had already been dismissed twice in his career.


His aggression and tough tackling have made him a respectable leader, however, and despite his seven dismissals he remains as vital as ever to the Sunderland starting eleven.

Roy Keane (7 Red Cards)

Roy Keane - a talented player, but a thug like no other. Joey Barton may have had his fair share of outrageous incidents, but he has never intentionally ended another footballer's season and arguably their career.


The Manchester United legend's admission that he'd hurt Alf-Inge Håland again was the lowest of the many low points during his career and his departure from Old Trafford in 2005 was done in his signature controversial style.


However, much like Cattermole, Keane was always a figurehead in the United side despite his disciplinary problems, and his performances were rewarded with a place in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year a very respectable five times.

Patrick Vieira (8 Red Cards)

The fact that only two of Vieira's eight dismissals were straight red cards details that the Arsenal icon was not as much of dirty player as his record makes him look.


The French midfielder, who also featured for Man City later in his career, was however banned for six games after spitting at Neil Ruddock following a second yellow card against West Ham United.


Often described as a powerful and tenacious midfielder, Vieira certainly should not be put in the same bracket as some of the other players on this list and his fairly clean record of 2308 minutes per red card is one of the cleanest of players with four or more dismissals.

Richard Dunne (8 Red Cards)

As well as having the joint-highest amount of red cards in Premier League history, former Manchester City stalwart Dunne also tops the list for own-goals.


Unlike his colleagues on this list, Dunne never had an extended suspension for disciplinary problems, and the majority of his cards were either professional fouls or clumsy challenges.


The former Republic of Ireland international retired just short of 500 Premier League appearances and his value to Man City was clear to see as he was named Player of the Year in four consecutive years.

Duncan Ferguson (8 Red Cards)

Ferguson's combative style of play resulted in six straight red cards in the Premier League and a prison sentence while playing for Rangers.


The former Everton striker was also sent off twice for successive yellow cards and became known as a menacing target man who often put defenders on the back foot with his aggression and strength.


Injuries and suspensions limited the Scotsman to only 68 goals, but despite his disciplinary problems he was a cult hero at Everton and following his release declined offers from a number of clubs with the intention of retiring. 

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