10 Most Red Cards: Premier League

A player’s attitude and playing style in a game are some of the most important factors that affect the quality of a football match.

A player’s attitude and playing style in a game are some of the most important factors that affect the quality of a football match. Moreover, those are also qualities that help football players make a good impression on football fans. However, there are some exceptions. With their short temper and roughness, many players had a bad influence on the game and had to receive red cards for their own actions.

Here are the top 10 football players who have received the most Red cards in football history.

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10 Most Red Cards: Premier League

1. John Hartson

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John Hartson started his professional football career in 1992. However, the period from 1995 to 2002 was a difficult time in his career with a huge number of bad occasions.

In 1997, in West Ham’s match against Derby, because he had a scuffle with Igor Stimac, Hartson was sent off by the referee and fined $1000. However, he still accused and regarded referee Mike Reed as “a homer” and “an absolute joke”. The year 1998 was a bad year for Hartson as he acted violently against the players on the field such as elbowing Bolton’s Per Frandsen and head kicking his team-mate Eyal Berkovic.  

He was shown a red card and sent off so many games after that. In 1999, he was shown a red card again and sent off in a game against Tottenham Hotspur for having pushed Spurs’ Luke Young. The time from 2000 to 2002 was not better when John Hartson was sent off due to violence against other players and had many vulgar and insulting language.

2. Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones played football professionally as a defensive midfielder from 1984 to 1999. Although he was quite successful in his career as a football player as well as an actor, he also had a lot of trouble in the match during his professional time as a footballer.

In his autobiography, he also admitted that he used to be quite wild when playing on the field, which easily led to mistakes in the game. He received six red cards, being sent off 12 times during his career. More than that, he also held the record for the fastest yellow card received in a football match, after just three seconds. One of his quickest yellow cards was a foul against his competitor – Dane Whitehouse at the FA Cup United match between Chelsea and Sheffield in 1992.

3. Younes Kaboul

Younès Kaboul is a French midfielder who started his footballing career in 2004. He has played for clubs such as Watford, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, and Sunderland.

Despite having a lot of experience and playing for many famous football clubs, Kaboul still made significant mistakes while playing on the pitch. In 2010, while playing for Tottenham, he was shown a red card for heading up against Cheik Tiote at the 65th minute in a match against Newcastle. He also received a yellow card when he took off his shirt during a goal celebration. In September 2015, when being a player for the Sunderland club, he received a red card against Bournemouth after just five games.

4. Franck Queudrue

Franck Queudrue’s footballing career as a Left-back lasted from 1997 to 2013. During that time he played for several clubs such as RC Lens, Middlesborough, Fulham and Birmingham.

Queudrue became famous with football fans when he contributed to the win of the match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the Northeast. However, he also held a bad reputation for his poor disciplinary performance. During the 2002–03 season, while playing for Middlesbrough in the match against Bolton, he received a red card and was banned for five games. 

Also at this tournament, Queudrue received 2 red cards and 5 yellow cards. It was his negligence that caused Middlesbrough to miss out on a UEFA Cup spot at that time.

5. Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson is a former Scottish professional footballer with 16 years of experience. However, he was often known for his aggressive style of play and made many players hesitate when facing him in matches.

In several matches when he was a footballer, many of his fouls came from dangerous tackles or contested ball situations. Duncan Ferguson was so violent on the field that his head-butt on Raith Rovers’ John McStay during a match in 1994 left him sentenced to three months in prison. Ferguson’s aggressive style was the reason for his receiving nine red cards in his football career, eight of those were received in the Premier League.

6. Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic was considered one of the best defenders in the world when he was playing for Manchester United. However, people also noticed that he had a habit of striving to get the ball back from the players so much that it led to reckless rushes and hasty moments. It was so bad that he received several yellow and red cards in a lot of games.

Vidi was sent off a total of four red cards against Liverpool during his career at Manchester United. Typically, in 2009, Nemanja received a red card and was sent off during a 2–0 defeat between Manchester United and Liverpool. In 2014, Vidic fouled again and was sent off in the 77th minute in a 0-0 home defeat to Liverpool. 

7. Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira is known as one of the famous French players who played for Arsenal and Manchester City. However, he is also known for his aggressiveness on the field. In his seventeen years of playing, he received a total of eight red cards.

In the game with Coventry City in 1998, Vieira received his first red card for using “vulgar and insulting language” against referee Stephen Lodge. 

In the match against West Ham United in 1999, Vieira fouled striker Paolo Di Canio and was sent off because of his bad temper. Also in the same match, he was banned from 6 games for spitting on West Ham’s Neil Ruddock and fined £45,000.

8. Lee Cattermole

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Lee Barry Cattermole is an English former professional footballer who had a reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder. However, with his playstyle, he was often sent off early from the game.

At the age of 27, he became the player to receive the most red cards in history. Notably, he received one of his red cards when playing for Wigan and another six while being a club Sunderland player. One of his worst matches was the match between Sunderland and Newcastle in 2012, Cattermole was booked for a challenge on his rival – Cheick Tioté. He received a red card at the end of the match after arguing with referee Mike Dean.

9. Joey Barton

Joey Barton is a former England midfielder who has a career and life marked by countless controversial incidents and disciplinary issues.

Barton is described as one of the dirtiest and most hated players in football. With a reckless play to take down opponents, he has made countless mistakes in his career. The Football Federation has charged Barton three times with violent conduct: for assaulting Dabo, for punching Morten Gamst Pedersen, and for assaulting three players during the 2011–12 season. 

He received 39 bookings while playing for Manchester City and received a total of 6 red cards in the Premier League. 

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10. Alan Smith

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Alan Smith is a former England professional footballer and is known for his aggressive and high-pressure football style on the field.

In order to win for his team. Smith always tried his best on the field and repeatedly threw himself into reckless trials without caring about the damage he caused. During his 20-year football career, Smith received red cards 11 times – seven of which were given in the Premier League. One of Alan Smith’s worst games was against Aston Villa. During the match, Alan Smith was given a direct red card for elbowing Alpay Ozalan in a physical dispute.


Football is one of the most aggressive sports in history. When participating in the match, the players need to keep their calm and play strategically to win rather than violence and roughness. The above red-card players are bad examples that the next generation players need to avoid so that we can have fair and quality matches.

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