Most Red Cards in Premier League History [Team + Player Records]

Most footballers come with a certain reputation. Some will be known for being law-abiding do-gooders, others garner a reputation for diving, but plenty more become synonymous with receiving cards, namely of the red variety.

Here, we’ve drawn up a few tables to give some insight into top-flight sending-offs. Which Premier League club has had most red cards? Which player has been sent off most in Premier League history? What are the most red cards in the Premier League in one season shown to an individual player and team?

We’ll explore all of this and more below…

Who Has the Most Red Cards in Premier League History?

You probably won’t be surprised to see any of the seven names on this particular list, but the three players to have received the most red cards in the Premier League ever are all tied on eight:

*Correct as of April 1, 2021

PlayerNumber of Red Cards
1= Richard Dunne (Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR)8
1= Duncan Ferguson (Everton, Newcastle United)8
1= Patrick Vieira (Arsenal, Manchester City)8
4= Roy Keane (Nottingham Forest, Manchester United) 7
4= Lee Cattermole (Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland)7
4= Vinnie Jones (Chelsea, Wimbledon)7
4= Alan Smith (Leeds United, Manchester United, Newcastle United)7

Most Red Cards in Premier League By Team

Unsurprisingly, the top two teams for red cards have been ever-presents, but there’s still a fair distance between Arsenal and Everton and the rest of the most ill-disciplined clubs the Premier League has ever seen:

*Correct as of April 1, 2021

ClubNumber of Red Cards
1= Arsenal98
1= Everton98
3. Newcastle United87
4. Chelsea79
5. Blackburn Rovers77

Most Red Cards in Premier League Season (team + player)

Two clubs share this ‘honour’ – Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland, both tied on nine.

Although, to be fair, QPR had Joey Barton playing for them the year they managed it, and Sunderland had Lee Cattermole in their nine-reds season, so perhaps not the biggest surprise.

*Correct as of April 1, 2021

ClubSeasonNumber of Red Cards
1= Queens Park Rangers2011-129
1= Sunderland2009-109
3= Newcastle2008-098
3= West Ham United1999-008
3= Blackburn Rovers1998-998
3= Leicester City1994-958

Which player has most Premier League red cards in a single campaign? There are five of them, all tied on three. They are:

PlayerSeasonNumber of Red Cards
Victor Wanyama (Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur)2015-163
Wes Brown (Manchester United, Sunderland)2013-143
Franck Queudrue (Middlesbrough, Fulham, Birmingham City)2002-033
Craig Short (Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Utd) 2001-023
David Batty (Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United)1997-983

Most Red Cards in Premier League Game

The most red cards a Premier League game has seen is three; an accolade shared by 17 matches. They are:

*Correct as of April 1, 2021

MatchWhen?Who was Sent Off?
Southampton 0-3 West BromApril 27, 2013Gaston Ramirez, Danny Fox (both Southampton), Marc-Antoine Fortune (West Brom)
Portsmouth 1-1 SunderlandFebruary 9, 2010Ricardo Rocha (Portsmouth), Lee Cattermole, David Meyler (both Sunderland)
Man City 1-2 TottenhamNovember 9, 2008Gelson Fernandes, Richard Dunne (both Man City), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham)
Chelsea 4-4 Aston VillaDecember 26, 2007Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole (both Chelsea), Zat Knight (Aston Villa)
Newcastle 0-3 Aston VillaApril 2, 2005Steven Taylor, Kieron Dyer, Lee Bowyer (all Newcastle)
West Brom 1-1 FulhamSeptember 18, 2004Neil Clement (West Brom), Papa Bouba Diop, Andy Cole (both Fulham)
Chelsea 2-1 LeicesterAugust 23, 2003Geremi (Chelsea), Alan Rogers, Riccardo Scimeca (both Leicester)
Bolton 2-2 LeicesterDecember 29, 2001Paul Warhurst, Dean Holdsworth (both Bolton), Muzzy Izzet (Leicester)
Sunderland 0-1 Man UtdJanuary 31, 2001Michael Gray, Alex Rae (both Sunderland), Andy Cole (Man Utd)
Tottenham 4-2 NewcastleJanuary 2, 2001Neil Sullivan (Tottenham), Nobby Solano, Kieron Dyer (both Newcastle)
Arsenal 2-0 LiverpoolAugust 21, 2000Patrick Vieira (Arsenal), Gary McAllister, Dietmar Hamann (both Liverpool – Hamann’s was later rescinded)
Leeds 1-1 EvertonMay 8, 2000Michael Duberry (Leeds), Richard Dunne, Don Hutchison (both Everton)
Liverpool 0-1 EvertonSeptember 27, 1999Sander Westerveld, Steven Gerrard (both Liverpool), Francis Jeffers (Everton)
West Ham 1-5 LeedsMay 1, 1999Ian Wright, Shaka Hislop, Steve Lomas (all West Ham)
Barnsley 2-3 LiverpoolMarch 28, 1998Darren Barnard, Chris Morgan, Darren Sheridan (all Barnsley)
Wimbledon 2-1 LeicesterSeptember 10, 1994Vinnie Jones (Wimbledon), David Lowe, Brian Carey (both Leicester)
Wimbledon 1-1 BlackburnSeptember 19, 1992Vinnie Jones (Wimbledon), Tony Dobson, Mike Newell (both Blackburn)
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