A list of the 10 Premier League fixtures that have produced the most red cards has been published.
No surprise to see see the Merseyside derby top the list, with 21 red cards shown in the matches between Everton and Liverpool since the start of the 1992/93 season.
Newcastle then feature in three of the next five highest fixtures.
So who have Newcastle’s grudge games proved to be…?
Well Sunderland don’t make the top 10 at all, so it rules out the north east derby from the list. Surprisingly few sending offs in the Tyne & Wear games, even allowing for the fact that in a fair number of seasons one of the clubs, mostly the mackems, have been in the second tier.
Sharing second place in the list with Liverpool v Man Utd, are the Newcastle v Everton matches.
A lot of needle in the north west rivalry so no surprise to see 15 red cards in those games, so what about NUFC and the blue half of Merseyside?
Well, when Kevin Keegan brought Newcastle back from the brink, there was a fair amount of bitterness from the likes of Everton fans at the emergence of a popular Newcastle side being (relatively) successful and playing excellent football. So maybe that has transmitted onto the pitch at times.
Fourth highest in the list is then the Newcastle matches against Liverpool, must be something about these games against scousers…
Joint fifth highest is Newcastle and Aston Villa, once again their supporters were some who most resented NUFC becoming decent again under Keegan, the total in this fixture obviously helped though by the ridiculous self-inflicted double sending off of Dyer and Bowyer.
Premier League fixtures with the most red cards, as compiled by Martin Tyler for Sky Sports:
21 Everton v Liverpool
15 Liverpool v Man Utd
15 Everton vs Newcastle
14 Liverpool vs Newcastle
13 Arsenal vs Chelsea
13 Everton vs Man City
13 Chelsea vs Everton
12 Arsenal vs Liverpool
12 Arsenal vs Everton