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

Premier League Referees by the Numbers: Who Gives Most Yellow and Red Cards?
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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)
Referee Matches Yellows Yellows/Match Reds Reds/Match
Average 18 59 3.27 3 0.15
Phil Dowd 22 99 4.50 2 0.09
Mike Dean 22 88 4.00 5 0.23
Roger East 5 20 4.00 1 0.20
Michael Oliver 24 88 3.67 3 0.13
Anthony Taylor 18 64 3.56 3 0.17
Jonathan Moss 20 69 3.45 3 0.15
Mark Clattenburg 23 79 3.43 2 0.09
Robert Madley 5 17 3.40 1 0.20
Neil Swarbrick 17 57 3.35 0 0.00
Lee Mason 22 71 3.23 5 0.23
Martin Atkinson 22 71 3.23 5 0.23
Kevin Friend 16 51 3.19 2 0.13
Michael Jones 16 49 3.06 2 0.13
Howard Webb 26 78 3.00 2 0.08
Craig Pawson 9 26 2.89 0 0.00
Andre Marriner 23 66 2.87 7 0.30
Chris Foy 20 54 2.70 6 0.30
Lee Probert 16 21 1.31 2 0.13

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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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