There is certainly a difference between gamesmanship and downright assault, and this list of players could certainly do well to take note of this fact. This is the team of players who managed to gain the filthiest reputations in Premier League history.
Goalkeeper | Jens Lehmann
You would have thought it would be hard for a goalkeeper to make an impression as a player with bad discipline, but Lehmann was renowned for his foul play and he was never one to shy away from leaving a leg in, or flailing the odd elbow.
Right back | Lucas Neil
With four red cards, Neil has been sent from the pitch more than any other right back in Premier League history. The fiery Australian's temperament got the better of him on a number of occasions and he is alleged to have been part of a team mutiny at the 2006 World Cup with Australia.
Centre back | Richard Dunne
His reckless yet non-malicious playing style has seen him receive his marching orders on no less than 8 times, and he only needs one more dismissal to take the record tally outright. One of the clumsiest centre backs of all time, Dunne also has an impressive tally of eight own goals.
Centre back | Martin Keown
With a meagre six red cards is the Arsenal legend and former captain. He had a speciality for scything tackles and racking stud-up challenges. The former England international captains the side at centre back.
Left back | Frank Queudrue
Despite only playing in England for nine years, the Frenchman makes an appearance at left back with a respectable five red cards. Made famous for his incredible own goal whilst playing in France, he is perhaps one of the most surprising members of this team of ill-tempered players.
Midfield | Patrick Vieira
Another Frenchman, Vieira appear having received a joint-record eight dismissals during his combined ten years in England with Arsenal and Manchester City. His worst point of conduct was certainly his disgraceful spit against West Ham in late 1999.
Midfield | Roy Keane
Arguably the most obvious choice, Keane is a renowned hard-man, who's hot head paved the way for his uncompromising playing style. His horror tackle on Alfe-Inje Haaland is viewed by many as one of the worst tackles of all time, and his refusal to apologise destroyed what was left of his already tarnished reputation.
Midfield | Lee Cattermole
The Sunderland captain has only turned out on eleven occasions so far this term, nevertheless, the tough tackling midfielder, has already been sent off once to add to his total six in his last five seasons in the top flight .
Striker | Duncan Ferguson
The first of our three filthy strikers, Ferguson dubbed "Big Dunc", was sent off a joint-record eight times and was known for his aggressive and highly competitive playing style. His conduct on the pitch landed him in hot water in 1984 when he received a three-month prison sentence for an on field assault of an opposition player.
Striker | Andy Cole
Another surprise inclusion, the seemingly honest English forward was better known for his goal scoring exploits rather than his misdemeanours. However, he kept the dismissal count ticking over nicely and finished with a commendable total of six.
Striker | John Hartson
Hartson clocked six reds in nine seasons due to his somewhat "bolshy" style of play with which he tried to dominate the opposition's defence. The big Welshman completes our line-up of "hard-men."
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