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The worst discipline player stats in top five European leagues before coronavirus

FOOTBALL By Waweru Titus | April 9th 2020
The resumption of football in Europe's top five leagues appears some way off due to the coronavirus pandemic. [Courtesy]

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a complete shutdown of Europe’s top five football leagues in the world.

The virus, having originated from Wuhan in China in December last year, continues to also wreak havoc in other sports disciplines.

Football, however, has been at the epicentre of this deadly virus that continues to destroy people irrespective of their race, colour, and creed or where they come from.

Due to the technological advancement in football, elite team sports companies invest substantial resources to analyse players' performance.

Opta Data has analysed five metrics for players with worst foul stats across top football leagues in the world in the 2019/20 season.

The metrics include penalties conceded, fouls committed, offsides, yellow cards and red cards.

Opta Data has a long-established, consistent list of ‘Event Definitions’ in football that are adhered to across all data collection centres and that is recognised as de-facto standard.

The data is collected in an organised way and this helps the creation of datasets useful for diverse research fields.



English Premier League

Most red cards: Watford’s Christian Kabasele (2)

Most yellow cards: Chelsea’s Jorginho (10)

Most penalties conceded: Arsenal’s David Luiz (3)

Most fouls conceded: Watford’s Etienne Capoue (47)

Most offsides: Burnley’s Chris Wood (31)


Italian Serie A

Most red cards: Bremer, Federico Marchetti, Pawel Dawidowicz, Armando Izzo, Davide Calabria (all 2)

Most yellow cards: AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer (12)

Most penalties conceded: Hellas Verona’s Koray Gunter (3)

Most fouls conceded: Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (52)

Most offsides: Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, Bologna’s Rodrigo Palacio (both 21)


Spanish LaLiga

Most red cards: Facundo Roncaglia, Zouhair Feddal, Clement Lenglet (all 2)

Most yellow cards: Barcelona’s Gerard Pique (12)

Most penalties conceded: Deportivo Alavés’ Ruben Duarte (4)

Most fouls conceded: Getafe’s Jaime Mata (67)

Most offsides: Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata (28)


German Bundesliga

Most red cards: Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey (2)

Most yellow cards: SC Paderborn 07’s Klaus Gjasula (12)

Most penalties conceded: Hertha BSC’s Dedryck Boyata (3)

Most fouls conceded: Union Berlin’s Robert Andrich (52)

Most offsides: RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner (35)


French Ligue 1

Most red cards: Ruben Aguilar, Racine Coly, Steven Moreira, Boubakary Soumare, Marcal, Anthony Briancon, Jacques-Alaixys Romao (all 2)

Most yellow cards: Nantes’ Nicolas Pallois (10)

Most penalties conceded: Saint-Étienne’s Mathieu Debuchy (3)

Most offsides: Lille’s Victor Osimhen (33)

Most fouls conceded: Montpellier’s Andy Delort (69)


Top five players with most foul stats

Most yellow cards: AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer (12)

Most penalties conceded: Deportivo Alavés’ Ruben Duarte (4)

Most fouls conceded: Montpellier’s Andy Delort (69)

Most offsides: RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner (35)

Football will not resume soon with no return date set amid coronavirus pandemic that has shut down sporting events.

According to official numbers on Thursday (09/04/2020), there are currently 1,529,439 coronavirus cases in the world with 89,416 succumbing to the deadly virus. 337,164  have recovered from Covid-19.

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