We most likely all have players that we can’t stand because of their dirty tactics and unsporting behaviour but which current players have found themselves at the wrath of the referee the most often and which sides really are the nastiest?

Nigel Boogaard heads the bad boys list with a staggering nine red cards in his A-League career. Because of Boogaard’s tendency to lunge for the ball rather than holding the ball up he finds himself giving away fouls as the last defender meaning although he is not known for many horror tackles, has seen a crazy amount of reds for being the last man.

Matt McKay on the other hand is a little more known for his outbursts so it perhaps isn’t so surprising to see the Brisbane Roar captain sitting at second as an all time bad boy. McKay added to his red card haul earlier in the season thanks to a VAR review for a petulant kick-out at Adelaide’s Nikola Mileusnic. It’s unlikely to be his last however.

Manny Muscat has had his fair share of red cards that sees him sit in third on the list but what makes the defender stand out so much is his eye-watering 68 yellow cards in 223 games. The 33-year-old is quite the petulant fouler and with that amount of cautions, is probably lucky not to see his red card count soar above five.

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Dino Djulbic is an old-fashioned, no nonsense defender who has somehow managed to bluff his way into a third stint with Perth Glory at the ripe old age of 35. He perhaps still hopes to rise to the summit of the bad boy list but playing time is running out for the centre-back.

It’s perhaps no surprise that everyone’s most lovable Albanian Besart Berisha finds his way onto this list. The angry, angry striker has one of the shortest tempers in the game and when combined with his in-your-face attitude often sees himself at the wrath of the referee because of his regular outbursts of rage.

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And now onto the sides who’ve been the naughtiest this season. Newcastle Jets proved an exception to the rule against Sydney FC but poor discipline is undoubtedly a hindrance to a team’s efforts, especially when reduced to 10 men.

1. Central Coast Mariners: VAR certainly has had a hand in seeing them rise up the bad behaviour ladder to sit second. It’s perhaps a case of the leader setting a bad example for the followers with coach, Paul Okon not afraid of a sideline tirade.

Maybe if Okon’s side spent less time fouling and more time scoring goals they’d see themselves higher up in the ladder. Wout Brama’s round 18 challenge on Corey Gameiro is up there with the worst of the season and just about sums up the Mariners’ discipline this season.

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2. Adelaide United: The Reds sit just behind the Mariners with 2.4 bookings per game and five red cards this season. They are also lead by a coach who is not afraid to show emotion on the sideline and that has seemingly spread onto the pitch.

United are hanging on by a thread in the top six and if they’re to stay in touching distance it would be wise to reign in their discipline and focus on the football.

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3. Melbourne City: The one side in the top three who are sitting in a decent spot on the ladder. Serial fouler Muscat has done his share and added seven yellow cards and a red card to their season haul. Bart Schenkeveld has also done his part with just one less yellow card than fellow defender Muscat.

 

Stats courtesy of ultimatealeague.com

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