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Premier League: All-time disciplinary XI

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Throughout the 21-year tenure of the Premier League, there have been a whole host of players whose disciplinary records were less than exemplary and who regularly took off from matches for an early bath.

Whether they had an especially short fuse, an attitude problem or just plain couldn't tackle, this feisty eleven would be a sure-fire bet for a host of fines if they were playing now.

Goalkeeper - Pavel Srnicek

Long before Petr Cech arrived in the Premier League, there was another hugely popular Czech Republic international goalkeeper who strutted his stuff in England.

However while Srnicek was a solid if unspectacular 'keeper for his clubs Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday, his record of four red cards during his time in England doesn't make good reading for the hothead custodian.

Right-back - Franck Queudrue

With six red cards and 42 yellows during his time in the Premier League, former Middlesbrough, Fulham and Birmingham defender Queudrue was no stranger to a suspension.

As well as being a prolific card-collector, the Frenchman was also handy in the opposition box and popped up with a fair share of goals for his three English clubs.

Left-back - Ben Thatcher

Most notorious for a horror-tackle on Portsmouth's Pedro Mendes while playing for Manchester City, Thatcher was also a fairly regular entry in the referee's book, collecting four red cards and 43 yellows in a ten-year spell in the Premier League. 

Thatcher's elbow on Mendes caused the player to be knocked unconscious and caused outrage amongst the Portsmouth management and fans alike.

Centre-back - Martin Keown

Known as the unofficial 5th member of Arsenal's famed back four of the 1990s, Keown spent a lot his time serving suspension after accumulating six red cards and a whopping 56 yellows during a long career in the top flight.

Keown also had a much publicised incident with Ruud van Nistelrooy after the Dutch striker missed a penalty against the Gunners, with Keown jumping around in the United man's face in glee when the spot kick crashed off of the bar.

Centre-back - Richard Dunne

Not only is Richard Dunne the king of Premier League own goals, he also has a pretty appalling disciplinary record to boot with eight red cards and 71 yellows.

Despite both these incredible stats, Dunne is considered one of the most reliable defenders to set foot in the Premier League and only dropped down to the Championship this summer, joining QPR.

Right-midfield - Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the best players in the world nowadays, Ronaldo wasn't always squeaky clean during his younger days at Manchester United and managed to accrue 27 yellow cards and four reds in only five years in the Premier League.

Of course the sheer volume of goals and general sparkling play of the Portuguese man probably makes up for his patchy discipline.

Left-midfield - Luis Boa Morte

What is it with these Portuguese wingers and their short fuses? Former West Ham and Fulham man Luis Boa Morte managed to pick up 64 yellow cards and five reds in between dazzling down the wings at Craven Cottage and Upton Park.

Centre-midfield - Patrick Vieira

This midfield writes itself, as Patrick Vieira and his very well publicised rival comprise our engine room. Vieira was a regular offender and managed to net eight reds and 77 yellows in an astonishing collection of cards.

While he was a stunning player for Arsenal, Vieira was never far from trouble and once got sent-off the same game he returned from suspension in.

Centre-midfield - Roy Keane

Vieira's biggest rival in the Premier League was Manchester United's Roy Keane, and the fiery Irishman was a constant thorn in referee's sides while patrolling the midfield for the Old Trafford club.

Keane got himself a fine tally of 73 yellows and seven reds means the former Red Devils skipper features right near the top of the disciplinary table.

Striker - Duncan Ferguson

'Duncan Disorderly' was a fiery character to say the least, with a huge collection of eight red cards added to a prison sentence for head-butting a Raith Rovers defender while at Rangers.

Ferguson was a classic bruising striker that took no prisoners (pun intended) and acquired his fair share of cards for Everton and Newcastle.

Striker - John Hartson

In what is a hefty strike partnership, John Hartson joins Ferguson with six red cards to his name and was also guilty of assaulting another footballer.

This footballer happened to be his own teammate however as Eyal Berkovic was the unlucky recipient of a boot to the chin WWE-style during a West Ham training session. Ouch.

Would you like to take on our bruising, ill-disciplined XI? I'd say not.

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