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Premier League Referees by the Numbers: Who Gives Most Yellow and Red Cards?

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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 8, 2014

Premier League referees are in the spotlight at this time of year as the games get bigger and the key issuessuch as titles, top four and relegationget decided.

Now is also a great time to take a look at their numbers for the year and see how their refereeing styles compare. 

Some are relatively lenient, while others are considerably more card-happy.

Using the Premier League's own data, we've compiled the infographic above to see which top-flight refs are at which end of the spectrum.

Premier League Referees, 2013/14 (as of April 7)
RefereeMatchesYellowsYellows/MatchRedsReds/Match
Average18593.2730.15
Phil Dowd22994.5020.09
Mike Dean22884.0050.23
Roger East5204.0010.20
Michael Oliver24883.6730.13
Anthony Taylor18643.5630.17
Jonathan Moss20693.4530.15
Mark Clattenburg23793.4320.09
Robert Madley5173.4010.20
Neil Swarbrick17573.3500.00
Lee Mason22713.2350.23
Martin Atkinson22713.2350.23
Kevin Friend16513.1920.13
Michael Jones16493.0620.13
Howard Webb26783.0020.08
Craig Pawson9262.8900.00
Andre Marriner23662.8770.30
Chris Foy20542.7060.30
Lee Probert16211.3120.13
Premier League

One conclusion? Howard Webb, the FA's usual referee of choice and the main man at the 2010 World Cup final, is pretty average.

Average in terms of the number of cards he dispenses, that is.

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