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Who had the most Premier League red cards, yellow cards in 2023/24? Full list as Reece James became third player to get second red | Sporting News United Kingdom



The 2023/24 Premier League season included some rule changes to clamp down on deliberate time-wasting and foul play across the English top flight.

As part of the updated rules, referees took a zero-tolerance approach towards blatant attempts by players to waste time and disrupt the flow of matches, including the cynical delaying of opposition free-kicks.

This saw a rise in yellow and red cards since the start of the campaign, as referees looked to invoke the new rules with firmness and increase the amount of added time at the end of games as a result.

Yellow and red cards certainly rose as a result of the new changes and The Sporting News looks at how Premier League suspension rules work and who was given the most yellow and red cards in the 2023/24 season.

MORE: Premier League final table 2023/24

Premier League yellow, red card suspension rules

Standard in-game rules remain the same in Premier League action, with two yellow cards in a match equalling a red, and an immediate player dismissal.

A sending off for two yellow cards will mean an instant one-game Premier League ban, with a straight red card incurring a three-game ban, which can be increased or decreased in certain scenarios where violent conduct is involved.

Suspension rules are also in place for yellow card accumulation throughout a season. Players will be suspended for one game if they receive five yellow cards inside the first 19 games of the season. If 10 yellow cards are picked up before/including the 32nd game of the season, a player will be banned for two further matches.

Who had the most Premier League red cards, yellow cards in 2023/24?

Fulham’s Joao Palhinha and Marcos Senesi of Bournemouth were the players with the most Premier League yellow cards in 2023/24, with 13.

Chelsea set a new record for the most yellow cards received (105), breaking the league record of 101 set by Leeds United in the 2021/22 season.

Below are the players who have collected the most yellow cards through the Premier League season.

Data updated on May 19, 2024

Premier League 2023/24 yellow card leaders

Player Team Yellow Cards Matches
Joao Palhinha Fulham 13 32
Marcos Senesi Bournemouth 13 31
Douglas Luiz Aston Villa 12 35
Nelson Semedo Wolves 11 36
Joao Gomes Wolves 11 34
Moises Caicedo Chelsea 11 35

Premier League 2023/24 red cards leaders

Three Premier League players have been sent off more than once this season: Oliver McBurnie of Sheffield United, Yves Bissouma of Tottenham and Chelsea captain Reece James.

James’ dismissal during the Blues’ 2-1 win at Brighton on May 15 capped an injury ruined season, with his two red cards accrued over just 421 minutes on the field

For Premier League red cards, the type of sending-off determines the length of suspension.

A three-match suspension is triggered when players are sent off for violent conduct or dangerous fouls, while a one-match suspension is triggered for being sent off for a second yellow card or a last-man foul.

The FA can also review incidents and tack on additional suspension time as well at its discretion, such as when Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool was handed an additional one-match suspension for referee abuse after picking up a second yellow card.

On December 2, McBurnie became the first player to pick up two red cards this season, when he picked up a second booking against Burnley just before halftime. That means the usual one-match ban had extra tacked on for it being his second dismissal of the campaign.

Bissouma followed suit on December 15 with a straight red as Tottenham won at Nottingham Forest.

Data correct as of May 11, 2024. Includes red cards which were later rescinded upon post-match review.

Under matches suspended, the first number indicates the required matches suspended for the red card shown, plus additional matches in parenthesis for add-on punishments.

Player Team Red Cards Matches
Oliver McBurnie Sheffield United 2 2 (1)
Yves Bissouma Tottenham 2 4 (1)
Reece James Chelsea 2 4 (1) #
Fabio Vieira Arsenal 1 3
Joe Worrall Nottingham Forest 1 3
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 1 2
Manuel Akanji Manchester City 1 1
Ashley Young Everton 1 1
Nayef Aguerd West Ham 1 1
Calvin Bassey Fulham 1 1
Matheus Nunes Wolves 1 1
Tim Ream Fulham 1 1
Takehiro Tomiyasu Arsenal 1 1
Anass Zaroury Burnley 1 1
Curtis Jones Liverpool 1 3
Diogo Jota Liverpool 1 1
Alexis Mac Allister Liverpool 1 0*
Lyle Foster Burnley 1 1
Rodri Manchester City 1 3
Jean Bellegarde  Wolves 1 3
Malo Gusto Chelsea 1 3
Moussa Niakhate Nott. Forest 1 1
Mario Lemina Wolves 1 1
Connor Roberts Burnley 1 1
Jean-Ricner Bellegarde Wolves 1 3
Lewis Cook Bournemouth 1 3
Cristian Romero Tottenham 1 3
Destiny Udogie Tottenham 1 1
Mahmoud Dahoud Brighton 1 3
Lewis Dunk Brighton 1 1
Reece James Chelsea 1 1
Conor Gallagher Chelsea 1 1
Jordon Ayew Crystal Palace 1 1
Ben Mee Brentford 1 3
Boubacar Kamara Aston Villa 1 3
Diogo Dalot Man United 1 1
Wily Boly Nott. Forest 1 1
Sander Berge Burnley 1 1
Rhian Brewster Sheffield United 1 3
Vladimir Coufal West Ham 1 1
Ibrahima Konate Liverpool 1 1
Raul Jimenez Wolves 1 2
Philip Billing Bournemouth 1 3
Kalvin Phillips West Ham 1 1
Mason Holgate Sheffield United 1 3
Billie Gilmour Brighton 1 3
John McGinn Aston Villa 1 3
Sergio Reguilon Brentford 1 3
Anthony Gordon Newcastle 1 1
Lorenz Assignon Burnley 1 1
Milos Kerkez Bournemouth 1 3
Issa Diop Fulham 1 1

* Player saw a red card rescinded by league review after the match, leading to the removal of any potential suspension.

# Three games of suspension carry over into next season.

Premier League 2023/24 TV channels, live streams

Region TV Streaming
Australia  — Optus Sport
Canada  —

Fubo Canada

India Star Sports Disney+, Hotstar,
UK Sky Sports, TNT Sports NOW TV, Sky Go,
Amazon Prime
USA USA Network,
Telemundo, Universo
Fubo, Peacock

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and TNT Sports streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on Fubo. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada, with discounts currently at more than 9% for annual plans and more than 20% for quarterly and monthly plans.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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