Football is all about balance. It is about balance both in a literal sense and a metaphysical one.
You need balance to play football, of course, and you need it to make football interesting. It would be a desperately dull game if everyone played it the same pretty way and no one ever broke the rules. No one would pay to watch that. Football needs its angle grinders as much as it needs its artists. Just like at the movies, it's a contest between heroes and villains.
So who are the seven deadliest sinners in the Premier League in 2012/13? And what's the best way to determine this?
That's a tough one because what criteria do you use? Do you merely take the player with the highest number of red cards? or yellow cards? or the player who commits the most number of fouls? What about those members of that vile sub-culture of diving? and is a one-off challenge enough for a player to be considered dirty?
All of those aspects have to be taken into account, in all honesty. So that's what I have attempted to do.
As a result, there are bound to be players worthy of statistical entry that may not get on this list, so apologies if your favourite bad boy has not made it.
So sharpen your pencils and get ready to give your name and number.