Whether it be for poorly executed tackles or for generally unsporting play, certain members of the EPL have gained a reputation for being "dirty."
Indeed, judging how "dirty" a player is can be a fairly subjective task, so I've decided to use statistics as much as possible to back up my ranking of the dirtiest players in the league.
In particular, I've looked at both the average fouls committed by a player during a game and the number of yellow and red cards a person has received during the current season.
Players have earned one point for a yellow card, two points for a second yellow, and three points for a straight red. In addition, their average foul per game count has been considered as a tie-breaker.
I have decided to prioritize cards over fouls, in order to concentrate on the players who have most regularly committed severe acts of "dirtiness."
Accordingly, players like Cheik Tiote, Marouane Fellaini and Alex Song don't make my top five.
All rate highly on the average fouls per game count, but have better disciplinary records than the players I've decided to focus upon.
So, who do I think are the dirtiest players currently operating in the EPL?
Find out after the jump.