Premier League Bad Boys: Ranking the Dirtiest Players in England This Season

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Premier League Bad Boys: Ranking the Dirtiest Players in England This Season
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There are some players in the English Premier League who have mastered the art of making a tackle, and there are others who just haven't been able to do it. Some players are very talented players, but for some reason, they feel they need to try to influence the referee to help them out at all times and complain about every decision.

The 2011 English Premier League season has come to a close, and it is now time to give out the end of season awards. Players have been receiving various different honors such as the Player of the Year as selected by the writers and the Player of the Year as selected by the players.

Meanwhile United striker Dimitar Berbatov and City striker Carlos Tevez will share the Premier League Golden Boot after finishing the season with 20 goals apiece.

There are several awards and end of the season reviews going on right now to keep fans entertained before Saturday's Champions League final, not to mention the tons of transfer rumors floating around. But who are the ones that get all the attention? The goal scorers, often leaving the bad boys behind.

As we vote on what is the goal of the season we must remember, often times, if it weren't for the bad boys of the Premier League, that wonderful free kick never would have been taken.

There are certain players out there who are defensive masters, and there are others who just haven't been able to figure out how to make a tackle (see Scholes, Paul). This doesn't necessarily make you a dirty player; rather, one who hears the whistle being blown and sees his name go into the book far too often. Meanwhile, there are also players out there who have mastered the art of constantly fouling players without getting their names taken.

Here are the 10 dirtiest players in the Premier League this season.

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