Football is often described as ‘The Beautiful Game’ and can provide fans with some of the most magical, entertaining and dramatic moments of their lives. It can also turn nasty pretty quickly, and here is a list of ten Premier League players who are largely responsible for that…
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Among our list of offenders we have a Stadium of Light terrier, a Britannia Stadium mauler, veteran battlers from Anfield, Old Trafford and the Reebok Stadium. Not to mention a big haired Goodison Park midfielder the much hated pair from St James’ Park and St Andrews as well as two recent choppers from Eastlands and Molineux.
10. Lee Cattermole
The Sunderland has never had the greatest of disciplinary records, despite constant warnings from his current manager Steve Bruce. Here is some footage of Cattermole’s short temper from his days at Middlesbrough:
9. Ryan Shawcross
Shawcross is well known for the following challenge on Aaron Ramsey, leaving the Arsenal player with a broken leg. The Stoke player is still not shy of tackling hard.
8. Jamie Carragher
Carragher is clever with his tactics, and his subtle shirt-pulling and shoving makes up for his obvious lack of pace. Not necessarily a nasty player, but dirty none-the-less.
7. Kevin Davies
Bolton’s Kevin Davies relies on his strength and ability to out-muscle defenders. It is hard to keep count of his constant shoving of opposition players.
6. Paul Scholes
Some may argue that Scholes is just clumsy, but there always seems to be something cynical about his foul play. Surely he knows what he is doing after so many years of playing at his level?
5. Marouane Fellaini
Yet another player who is known for his sly digs at opposing players. Here is an example of the sort of tactics Fellaini will resort to during Premier League games:
4. Joey Barton
Barton is perhaps one of the most disliked players in the Premier League, due to the fact that he can lose his temper far too quickly. He has calmed down recently, but his reputation is still there.
3. Lee Bowyer
Another player with a well known reputation for his cynical foul play. Bowyer has always been involved in controversy on the pitch and has an awful disciplinary record.
2. Nigel De Jong
In the news yet again this week for another horror tackle, Nigel De Jong doesn’t look like changing his style of play any time soon.
1. Karl Henry
After recently breaking Bobby Zamora’s leg, Karl Henry thought it would be a good idea to throw himself at Wigan’s Jordi Gomez, who was lucky to escape unhurt. It happens far too often and it is not the way that football should be played.
On the subject of extreme violence I am sure I saw Nigel De Jong and Lee Cattermole fighting on the trailer below?