Which Premier League players committed the most fouls

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Have you ever wondered who the dirtiest players in the Premier League are? Well this list conducted by talkSport reveals the players referees penalised the most last season.

Not a shock to most will be Sunderland captain and enforcer Lee Cattermole making the list - he has committed 54 fouls this season.

Gus Poyet brought the midfielder back into the Sunderland team after the Englishman fell out-of-favour with former Black Cat's boss, Paulo Di Canio. He accumulated a joint-record 14 bookings this year, so it's unsurprising to see him make the list.

Newcastle's Jack Colback and West Brom's Craig Gardener have both committed 57 fouls this campaign. In a relegation battle for much of the season these two players may have let their tempers get the better of them.

A surprise feature on this list is Sunderland's young striker Connor Wickham. The former Ipswich striker has only found the net five times this season but managed 58 fouls - four more than his fiery teammate, Lee Cattermole.

Ruthless in Manchester

The first player to feature from a top half side is Manchester United target man, Marouane Fellaini. He won over fans and manager Louis Van Gaal this season but committed 61 fouls doing so.

Paul McShane felt the full force of the big Belgian, suffering a serious cut in the final match of the season between Hull and Manchester United.

Also from Manchester, Fernandinho from City. He too, has committed 61 fouls this season. The Brazilian has been solid, but no where near as good as he was in City's title winning team last season.

Veteran midfielder Gareth Barry has also made 61 fouls this season. Barry is the most booked player in premier league history. With age comes wisdom, but it appears old habits die hard for the former Villa captain.

Arsenal fans love to remind Stoke that they are a dirty team, especially after Ryan Shawcross' challenge on Aaron Ramsey in 2010. Mame Biram Diouf's 61 fouls this year will add fuel to the fire.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa has had a fairly successful goalscoring return in his first season in the Premier League, but has been penalised 67 times, making him the 4th most in the division.

Saints' Sinners

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is in the bronze medal postion. This season the former Celtic player made 68 fouls but played a pivotal role in Southampton's successful season.

Also in the top 3 from Southampton is Italian striker Graziano Pelle. Noted for his impressive goal scoring this season Pelle's 70 fouls have gone largely unnoticed.

Bad Barnes

Finally, the most notorious player in the league this season for committing fouls was Ashley Barnes of Burnley.

An inspiring 74 fouls puts Barnes at the top of this list. Despite his debatable tactics Barnes could not save his team from relegation as Burnley finished 19th this season.

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