19/10/2011 14:38 | By Rob Jones, producer, MSN Sport
Premier League's dirtiest players

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Football is known as the beautiful game, but often its ugly side is all too apparent. The Premier League is widely regarded as one of the toughest leagues in the world, so inevitably combative turns into dirty.

Every player makes the odd bad challenge but MSN Sport has devised a point system to see who consistently oversteps the mark and is the Premier League's dirtiest player.

Players receive one point for a foul, three points for a yellow card and five points for a red card.

For those on equal points the player that has played less minutes will be considered the dirtier.

You may, or may not, be surprised to hear that the QPR captain Joey Barton does not feature in the Top 10, or even the Top 20. Another surprising statistic is that that only one of the Top 10 has been sent off.

So just who makes the Top 10 dirtiest players?

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Nothing to do with who is the dirtiest player. Bookings can be for other offences.  More relevant is number of tackles made, fouls committed, time on the pitch. Cards only for bad fouls not dissent.
 
21/10/2011 14:23
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Man City's midfielder De Jong is a dirty player cant believe is not even in this list, he broke Newcastle's Ben Arfas leg, karate kick against Alonso in the world cop final, even his national team Holland didn't recall him after he broke Ben Arfas leg because he is the dirties player of them all.
21/10/2011 14:31
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|Finally Blackburn are number one at something lol Kean out !!!!
21/10/2011 21:53
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Wayne Rooney ! He likes Granny's, thats well dirty !!
21/10/2011 15:12
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Since you can be booked for taking your shirt off celebrating you'll get 3 points, presumably that makes you a dirty player.
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Knew Tiote would be in there but a wouldn't have it any other way. A wouldn't say he's intentionally dirty, more over passionate. Cattermole on the other hand is the definition of filthy and that's not just because i'm a Geordie and he's a Mackem, he really is dirty.
21/10/2011 19:04
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Cant believe not one Manchester United player on there, the whole team are the dirtiest cheaters in the league. Only reason why they haven't got as many cards and they win matches. cos refs are scared of fergie complaining, and knowing the way the F.A is biased they will side with fergie so the refs go uniteds way all the time cos they scared of not get promoted or not be picked again for matches.  
21/10/2011 20:12
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So these are the Premier leagues dirtiest players. Compared to the hard men of the League some 30-40 years ago they are chiorboys. Look at  Ian Ure, Billy Bremner, Ian St John, Norman Hunter, Johnny Giles. Now when you got "hit" by thees men firstly you knew it and importantly you got up smiled and carried on.

Premier League dirtiest oh come on you are having a laugh

21/10/2011 16:16
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Mark Green did you actually just say in the world cup De Jong foot was "a little" bit high? Talk about understatement. Try to be at least a little bit impartial when you comment mate.
21/10/2011 21:25
21/10/2011 17:25
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Keane was a poor excuse for a footballer - Ask Alf Haaland who's career he finished - or Jason Macateer who he attacked from behind when Macateer was just a young lad - Neil Poynton............. the number of career threatening challenges is endless they weren't just reckless they were truly malicious. That's why it was so ironic that a player from the team he hated most finished his own career............... with a perfectly legitimate challenge where the ball was won fair and square -

keane has nowhere to hide , that's why he will never be a successful manager - who would want to do business with him - his past has caught up to haunt him,

Treat people the way you expect to be treated and you wont go far wrong - as for keane he's history       Shame its not for dirty tricks Ferguson would be top of that one

21/10/2011 19:54
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Charlie Adam
Liverpool

Appearances 8
Mins Played 635
Total Fouls 16
Yellow Cards 1
Red Cards 1
MSN Sport Score 26

 

EXCUSE ME BUT HOW DOES THIS ADD UP TO 26?

 

MSN can't even get basic adding up right so how are we supposed to believe this tripe?

 

Nigel De Jong has been an angel this year.... mind you he has only played 2 games :)

21/10/2011 16:50
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what a load of crap this article! statistics dont make someone a dirty player
21/10/2011 14:28
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Once again, another useless MSN article citing irrelevant information.
21/10/2011 18:16
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Who cares 8 games into the season? There's plenty of time for all the usual suspects to get going, they'll all be up there at the end of the campaign and I'm glad they will be. If you took the physical side from our game where would that leave us? Our league wouldn't be any where near as exciting to watch. You're not going to win anything without a hardnut or two in your team!

 

Most fouls at the end of this season? My money is on De Jong anyway...

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Scholes wasn't a dirty player, Chris? I'd suggest you read his memoires. He admitted he went out to foul if he though he'd been caught himself. It wasn't that he couldn't time a tackle. He got booked because he could. A great footballer with a very nasty side. Strange really because off the field he seems a decent bloke, unlike the Irish psycho he used to play alongside.

 

Still looking back to the likes of Tommy Smith and Ron [chopper]Harris this lot are gentle innocents.

21/10/2011 21:50
21/10/2011 17:56
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roy keane paul (4 days late scholes) carra does 1 bad challenge on nani (CHEATING DIVER) gets labelled
21/10/2011 22:16
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Nice idea but a bit too early in the season to mean anything.

Plus...

Torres straight red and he's not on the list. 

and...

What constitutes a dirty player..number of yellows, reds, total fouls or is it a points system?
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