Controversial Merseyside derby player has most bookings since start of 13/14

Gareth Barry At Villa

Following Everton's game with Liverpool, one Toffee is guilty of collecting more yellow cards than any other player over the last season and a bit.

A tough tackling, combative midfielder is often the kind of figure celebrated by his own fans, and loathed by the opposition's supporters due to his ability to destroy attacks via any means necessary.

And though it would be wrong to say Everton's Gareth Barry stimulated such ill will from Liverpool fans, Reds supporters may be particularly surprised he managed to stay on the pitch for Saturday's Merseyside derby. 

Barry went into the book as early as the second minute, with a bad foul on Adam Lallana, and though for many others, it would be a tightrope to tread carefully along for the remainder of the game, Barry had several other flash points that could have seen him leaving the pitch before the final whistle.

Notably, a shot from Raheem Sterling that seemed to be heading goalwards was blocked by the England veteran via hands some way above his head. Barry also committed more than one foul or strong challenge that wasn't deemed enough for a second yellow by referee Martin Atkinson - all indicating that within the confines of the game, the former Aston Villa and Manchester City player paid a vital part in stopping Liverpool scoring more than once, and therefore earning Everton a share of the points.

And a quick look at players with the most cautions from the start of the 2013/14 season shows Barry sitting top, edging out former Manchester City teammate Pablo Zabaleta on account of playing fewer games. With no red cards since his time at the club, it is obvious just why Everton were so keen to bring Barry to Goodison Park on a permanent basis once his City contract expired.

Premier League yellow cards since the 2013-14 season

  TeamPosAppsYellow CardRed CardFoulsMins
Gareth Barry Everton MF 38 12 0 61 3,389
Pablo Zabaleta Man City DF 39 12 1 54 3,415
Jonas Olsson West Brom DF 36 11 0 23 3,179
Cheick Tioté Newcastle MF 35 11 0 70 2,894
Phil Bardsley Sunderland DF 31 11 0 27 2,698


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