You may not think of Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton as being dirty teams these days, but each has a player who has achieved something remarkable in the Premier League: eight individual red cards.
Fernandinho notched up his third sending off in six matches earlier this season, but he’s nothing in comparison to these card merchants.
Richard Dunne (Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) – 8 red cards
Manchester City fans will remember the swashbuckling centre-half fondly, but he was prone to the odd own goal and more than his fair share of red cards. The former Republic of Ireland international was red-carded once every 4,617 minutes.
Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) – 8 red cards
The Frenchman was so much more than a midfield enforcer, but he was partial to a scrap or a nasty tackle during his pomp. Vieira picked up a red card every 3,162 minutes during his time at Arsenal.
Duncan Ferguson (Everton) – 8 red cards
How could you have a list of Premier League dirty players without this man. “Duncan Disorderly” loved chucking an elbow at opponents who got under his skin. He was red-carded once every 2,283 minutes on Merseyside.
Roy Keane (Manchester United) – 7 red cards
Slightly surprised that the former Manchester United captain wasn’t at the top of the list? Us too. Keane had a violent side to his game, most memorably displayed when he lunged at Alf-Inge Haaland in the Manchester derby. Keane was sent off on average every 4,413 minutes.
Lee Cattermole (Middlesbrough, Sunderland) – 7 red cards
The former Middlesbrough man went all Fernandinho when he picked up six red cards in 99 games, a truly impressive rate. A red card every 2,450 minutes for the man who simply loves a slide tackle.