Revealed! Brighton player among worst in Premier League for referee run-ins

Brighton have arguably been one of the most anomalous sides in the Premier League this season.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:45 pm
Stuart Attwell shows a yellow card to West Brom's Conor Gallagher. (Photo by JULIAN FINNEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Seagulls have impressed for vast swathes of the campaign, but have still found themselves in the midst of a relegation battle, and despite back-to-back wins in the top flight, are still only six points clear of the relegation zone.

One of the other bizarre contradictions in Albion’s campaign has come in their disciplinary record.

On the one hand, they have picked up just 36 yellow cards, which is the joint-third-lowest tally in the division.

Appearances: 20 Minutes: 1517 Fouls: 25 Fouls per game: 1.25 Minutes per foul: 60.68 Yellow cards: 5 Minutes per card: 303.40 Fouls per booking: 5.00 (Photo by GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

On the other, Graham Potter’s side have amassed three reds – the joint-third-highest in the top flight this season.

It’s an odd detail, although their lack of bookings may have something to do with their tendency to keep hold of the ball.

Interestingly for a side who are at the wrong end of the table, Brighton have averaged a majority of possession in Premier League matches this term – and the less time you spend without the ball, the fewer chances you have to commit fouls.

But that’s not to say that the Seagulls are completely without sin, and in terms of getting in trouble with referees, there is one Albion player who has really stood out...

Appearances: 20 Minutes: 1737 Fouls: 30 Fouls per game: 1.5 Minutes per foul: 57.90 Yellow cards: 6 Minutes per card: 289.50 Fouls per booking: 5.00 (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) have ran the numbers on which Premier League players have made the fewest fouls for every yellow card they have received this season – or in other words, who gets their names taken by officials most often – and their findings make for interesting reading.

Click and scroll through the pages below to read our countdown of the most punishable talents in the top flight...

Appearances: 23 Minutes: 1899 Fouls: 38 Fouls per game: 1.65 Minutes per foul: 49.97 Yellow cards: 8 Minutes per card: 237.38 Fouls per booking: 4.75 (Photo by Richard Sellers - Pool/Getty Images)
Appearances: 25 Minutes: 1857 Fouls: 33 Fouls per game: 1.32 Minutes per foul: 56.27 Yellow cards: 7 Minutes per card: 265.29 Fouls per booking: 4.71 (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Appearances: 29 Minutes: 2601 Fouls: 28 Fouls per game: 0.97 Minutes per foul: 92.89 Yellow cards: 6 Minutes per card: 433.50 Fouls per booking: 4.67 (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Appearances: 29 Minutes: 2610 Fouls: 35 Fouls per game: 1.21 Minutes per foul: 74.57 Yellow cards: 8 Minutes per card: 326.25 Fouls per booking: 4.38 (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Appearances: 23 Minutes: 1974 Fouls: 34 Fouls per game: 1.48 Minutes per foul: 58.06 Yellow cards: 8 Minutes per card: 246.75 Fouls per booking: 4.25 (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Appearances: 20 Minutes: 1754 Fouls: 25 Fouls per game: 1.25 Minutes per foul: 70.16 Yellow cards: 6 Minutes per card: 292.33 Fouls per booking: 4.17 (Photo by Ian Walton - Pool/Getty Images)
Appearances: 26 Minutes: 2340 Fouls: 25 Fouls per game: 0.96 Minutes per foul: 93.6 Yellow cards: 6 Minutes per card: 502.20 Fouls per booking: 4.17 (Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images)
Appearances: 22 Minutes: 1897 Fouls: 27 Fouls per game: 1.23 Minutes per foul: 70.26 Yellow cards: 7 Red Cards: 1 Minutes per card: 271.00 Fouls per booking: 3.86 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)