Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa is shown a second yellow and then a red card during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ranked! The most card-happy Premier League referees Newcastle could come up against this season

With the Premier League set to take a break for the FA Cup third round this weekend, now is as good a time as any to reflect on what has been a manic start to the season.

By Jason Jones
Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 5:07 pm

Already, we have seen 165 top flight fixtures this term, with 461 goals scored, and 499 yellow and 23 red cards handed out.

Of those, Newcastle United have been responsible for 29 bookings – the fourth highest tally in the division so far.

And when the top flight does get back under way in a just over a week’s time, the overwhelming likelihood is that we will see our 500th yellow – and maybe even bring up a quarter century of dismissals – in the next round of Premier League fixtures.

With that in mind, it seems like a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at some of the men in the middle, and to shed some light on who the most card-happy officials in the Premier League are.

Nineteen different referees have taken charge of at least one top flight match so far this term, and we’ve ranked them all based on the average number of yellow cards they have handed out over the course of 90 minutes.

Click and scroll through the pages below to read through our countdown of the busiest officials in the Premier League so far this season.

*All stats come courtesy of Whoscored.com.

** Rankings are based on average number of yellow cards distributed per 90 minutes. Red cards are not taken into consideration.

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