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Ireland's James McCarthy features on list of the most statistically dirty Premier League players

Published 22/03/2016 | 14:36

SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea City is tackled by James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea City is tackled by James McCarthy of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Every club has its own pantomime villain and, in some cases, its bête noire, but who statistically are the dirtiest players to have played in the Premier League in the last five years?

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We have done the calculations so that you don't have to and has awarded a point each for a foul, three for a yellow card and six for a red card. Here's what we discovered:

10. Ramires

Club: Chelsea

Disciplinary points: 276

Fouls conceded: 189

Yellow cards: 25

Red cards: 2

Games played: 130

​Disciplinary points per game: 2.12

 

9. James McCarthy

Club: Wigan Athletic and Everton

Disciplinary points: 282

Fouls conceded: 192

Yellow cards: 30

Red cards: 0

Games played: 154

​Disciplinary points per game: 1.83

 

8. Morgan Schneiderlin

Club: Southampton and Manchester United

Disciplinary points: 289

Fouls conceded: 208

Yellow cards: 25

Red cards: 1

Games played: 118

​Disciplinary points per game: 2.44

 

7. Lee Cattermole

Club: Sunderland

Disciplinary points: 302

Fouls conceded: 179

Yellow cards: 37

Red cards: 2

Games played: 109

​Disciplinary points per game: 2.77

 

6. Craig Gardner

Club: Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion

Disciplinary points: 303

Fouls conceded: 192

Yellow cards: 33

Red cards: 2

Games played: 142

Disciplinary points per game: 2.13

 

5. Jack Colback

Club: Sunderland and Newcastle United

Disciplinary points: 303

Fouls conceded: 198

Yellow cards: 35

Red cards: 0

Games played: 161

Disciplinary points per game: 1.88

 

4. Charlie Adam

Club: Liverpool and Stoke City

Disciplinary points: 304

Fouls conceded: 208

Yellow cards: 26

Red cards: 3

Games played: 132

Disciplinary points per game: 2.30

 

3. Cheick Tioté

Club: Newcastle United

Disciplinary points: 341

Fouls conceded: 224

Yellow cards: 37

Red cards: 1

Games played: 105

Disciplinary points per game: 3.24

 

2. Gareth Barry

Club: Manchester City and Everton

Disciplinary points: 367

Fouls conceded: 235

Yellow cards: 38

Red cards: 3

Games played: 158

Disciplinary points per game: 2.32

 

1. Marouane Fellaini

Clubs: Everton and Manchester United

Disciplinary points: 371

Fouls conceded: 296

Yellow cards: 23

Red cards: 1

Games played: 126

Disciplinary points per game: 2.94

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