Disciplinary record- April

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Over the course of the season we’ll keep tabs on the yellow and red cards handed out each week across the A-League. It all adds up to the ‘Fair play Award’ on the A-League’s annual awards night, an award which was won last season by Wellington Phoenix.

Brisbane Roar have been the most successful side in winning this award of the first decade, winning the award on five occasions including four straight from 2010-11 through 2013-14. Other winners include Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC. The full list of winners is below.

2005-06: Melbourne Victory
2006-07:  Perth Glory
2007-08:  Newcastle Jets
2008-09:  Brisbane Roar
2009-10:  Sydney FC
2010-11:  Brisbane Roar
2011-12:  Brisbane Roar
2012-13:  Brisbane Roar
2013-14:  Brisbane Roar
2014-15: Wellington Phoenix

For those unaware, the award is decided on a points system, with points accrued for Yellow Cards, Second Yellow Cards and Straight Red Cards.

Here’s a breakdown on how the points system works:
1 Point- Yellow Card
2 Points- Second Yellow Card
3 Points- Red Card

All data in this series is collated from the official match reports posted on the A-League website.

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Starting with the teams table, and since the last update, Newcastle perhaps surprisingly have the leagues best disciplinary record since the last update thanks to Nigel Boogaards’ R25 red card being rescinded. Newcastle accrued just 8 points in the final 5 rounds, with Brisbane second on 10 ahead of a three way tie for 3rd on 13 points between West Sydney, Central Coast and Melbourne City.

At the other end of the spectrum, Melbourne Victory have the worst discipline record since the last update with 17 yellow cards and a straight red for a total of 20 points, with Premiers Adelaide second worst on 18.

On the overall table, Brisbane Roar have wrapped up their sixth fair play award with a resounding win overall with just 45 yellow cards and a single red card for a total of just 47 points. That puts them 19 points clear of second placed Perth Glory (66pts) and third placed Newcastle Jets (68pts).

At the other end of the table, Melbourne City have the leagues worst disciplinary record of the regular season, with 72 yellow cards and three red cards totalling 79 points, one point worse than Central Coast, with cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory rounding out the bottom 3.

Despite finishing 4th on the overall points table, Adelaide were the only team who didn’t get a player sent off in the entire regular season. Central Coast at the other end of the scale had a massive 9 players sent off throughout the regular season, three of which were direct red cards.

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Onto the individual players, and now that the 59 players have been suspended for at least one match this season for a total of 72 matches missed. The club most affected by this is Central Coast, whose players have missed 14 games this season due to suspension -22 if you count the 8 weeks for Roy O’Donovan’s head butt-. Brisbane Roar are the least affected by players missing for suspension, with just the two games missed so far this season.

All up 177 players have been cautioned this season for a total of 622 yellow cards handed out this season at an average of 4.6 per game, lower than last months average of 4.8 per game. Perth Glory meanwhile have seen the most players pick up a yellow card this season, with 21 separate Glory players going into the referee’s notebook, while Brisbane Roar lead the way with 13 players.

82 players were cautioned in the last month, at an average of 4.1 per game, which is a decrease on the last month’s average. Across the season there have been 412 yellow cards handed out at an average of 4.6 per game. The average Yellow cards per game in the March update was 4.6.

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In terms of red cards, Newcastle’s Nigel Boogaard is the most sent off player of the season with the Newcastle captain sent off four times throughout the regular season –one of which was retroactively rescinded-. Two other players –Melbourne City’s Anthony Caceres and Wellington Phoenix’s Albert Riera- were sent off multiple times this season.

All up now 30 players have been sent off this season for a total of 34 players sent off, at an average of 0.25 per game –up from 0.22 last month-.  The 35 red cards break down as 23 players sent off for second yellow cards and 11 direct red cards.

Central Coast Mariners have had the most players dismissed this season, with 9 players receiving their marching orders. At the other end of the spectrum, Adelaide United went through the entire regular season without getting a single red card.

This is the final edition of the disciplinary record series for the 2015-16 season, with the finals series not counting towards the final tally.

Scott Owen

Scott Owen is a writer for website "The Roar Review" an unofficial blog site that mainly focuses on Brisbane Roar.

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