Sunderland's Lee Cattermole: Arsenal stars get suspended 'without a mention'

Lee Cattermole is not worried about being suspended for picking up five yellow cards for Sunderland.

The 26-year-old midfielder is well regarded for his hard working attitude and limitless desire to fight for his teammates, but with such traits he has picked up a reputation as something of a chronic fouler.

The former England youth international - who represented his country at every level up to Under-21 - has picked up seven red cards in his in nine-year club career, averaging one every 26 games, and is currently sitting second on the all-time Premier League dismissal’s list.

He often receives yellow cards on a game-by-game basis, and, heading into the Black Cats tie at Crystal Palace, the midfielder is just one booking away from a one-match ban.

However, Cattermole is not willing to let the situation bother him, with bookings part and parcel of the game when playing as a hard-tackling ball-winning midfielder.

Speaking to the Chronicle, the former Black Cats captain said: “I’ve played every minute of every game so far, so there’s a good chance I’m going to get booked.

“There’s been a couple I haven’t been happy with but it’s part of the game, isn’t it? It’s basically not a problem.”

Due to his high rate of cautions, Cattermole is often criticised for being nothing more than a tackler, who leaves the technical side of football to his teammates, but, with a number of other players already missing games through totalled yellow cards, he believes his reputation creates a negative image of him as a player.

He added: “Five bookings before December 31 – that’s maybe 18, 19 games. [Calum] Chambers [of Arsenal] got booked in five of his first seven games of the season without a mention, Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey [of Swansea] missed a game.”

Despite his reputation, the last game he missed through suspension due to an accumulation of yellow cards was in December 2011, making Cattermole’s record much less worse than it actually appears.

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