The Premier League’s 10 dirtiest players from the 2020/21 season have been revealed – and Manchester City legend Fernandinho is the worst offender.
Bookmaker BetVictor have worked out who have been the top-flight’s most unsporting stars this term based on their average time between bookings.
The study only includes players who have played over 1000 minutes of Premier League football, and it has thrown up some fascinating results.
Half of the top-ten dirtiest players in the Premier League are English, although it’s City’s Brazilian captain and all-round leader Fernandinho who tops the list.
The 36-year-old has been used sparingly this term, playing just 1188 minutes, but that’s still enough to guarantee him top-spot in the top-flight’s rogue gallery.
In total, Fernandinho picked up six bookings throughout the course of the season at a rate of one every 198 minutes.
Using those criteria, Fernandinho is league’s dirtiest player by some distance, with runner-up John Lundstram receiving nine cards – eight yellow and one red – across 2032 minutes of football, at a rate of one every 226 minutes.
West Brom ace Conor Gallagher isn’t far behind his relegated counterpart, with 11 bookings to his name, spread across 2531 minutes at a rate of one every 230 minutes.
Isaac Hayden and England star Kalvin Phillips are joint fourth and fifth, having received a card every 243 minutes they were on the pitch in the Premier League this season.
Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo, Fabian Schar of Newcastle, Everton defender Mason Holgate and wantaway Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin complete places 6-9 on the list.
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic rounds out the top ten with a card every 262 minutes, appearing on the list for the second season running.
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Unsurprisingly, all bar one player featured on the rundown is a defender or midfielder, with Saints winger Djenepo the only exception to the rule.
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