Footballers who were sent off most number of times in a season


5) Victor Wanyama: Southampton (2015-16), 3 red cards

The holding midfielder first made his name in Scotland for Celtic. His impressive performances even invited interest from Sir Alex’s Manchester United; however, Wanyama moved to Southampton instead. At Southampton, Wanyama established himself as a first team regular under Pochettino. His aggressive style of play often leads to rough challenges, which in the 2015-16 season, apparently earned him three red cards. In his six years in the English football, Wanyama has had three red cards and 31 yellow cards to his name. He has one of the most formidable presence in the midfield in the Premier League.


4) Wes Brown: Sunderland (2013-14), 3 reds

Wes Brown enjoyed great success with Manchester United during his 15-year stay at Old Trafford, winning two Champions league and five Premier league titles. A product of United’s youth academy, Brown made more than 200 appearances for the Red Devils. He later moved to Sunderland, where he spent the latter part of his career. In 2013-14 season, the defender amassed a total of 3 red cards, becoming only the fourth English player to be sent as many as 3 times in a season. Now 38, Brown plies his trade in Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters.


3) Frank Queudrue: Middlesbrough (2002-03), 3 reds

Frank Queudrue joined Boro on loan from Lens and then made a permanent move to the Riverside after impressing in the season before. He went on to spend six seasons at Boro, winning the League cup and reaching the UEFA Cup final in ’06. The tenacious defender, though, earned a lowly record during his time as he was sent off thrice in a single season. He left Boro for Fulham in ’06, before moving to Birmingham City.


2) Craig Short: Blackburn Rovers (2001-02), 3 Red Cards

The English defender played for as many as six different English clubs during his 20-year career amassing more than 500 appearances . Starting out at Scarborough, Short had various sides chasing his signature during his highly impressive time at Derby County. He played more than 100 games for Derby, before joining Everton and Blackburn three years later. The defender was a rough tackler but his grit endeared him to fans wherever he played. He also managed Notts County during the 2010 season but was sacked after just five months. He was sent off thrice in the 2001-02 season, which earns him a place in our list.


1. David Batty: Newcastle United (1997-98), 3 reds

David Batty played for clubs like Leeds, Newcastle and Blackburn, during a time when each of the above clubs had their golden periods. After winning the 1st division title with Leeds in ’92, Batty joined Blackburn Rovers, where he won the league title under the celebrated Kenny Dalgish’s guidance, though managed to play just five games after an injury struck campaign in 1994-195. He left the club for Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United, who themselves were an emerging force. Keegan’s Newcastle twice finished runners-up to United in consecutive seasons and Batty was a part of that side. The midfield powerhouse was never remiss of his duties and it was his hard core nature that earned him 3 red cards in the ’97-’98 season.