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“Dirty Leeds” 2.0?  Jesse Marsch’s men set to collect 100 yellow cards this season, unprecedented


Known as ‘Dirty Leeds’ at the time, this current Leeds side are on the verge of restoring their reputation as a feisty bunch.

The Whites had already set a record for recording 95+ yellow cards in a season when they lost 2-1 at Arsenal, breaking Sunderland’s record of 94 in the 2014-15 campaign.

Luke Ayling received a direct red card for a reckless tackle on Gabriel Martinelli

Defender Luke Ayling was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gunners striker Gabriel Martinelli after VAR overturned a first yellow card.

Winger Raphinha was also booked in the ensuing scrum, with the Brazilian furious at what he saw as an injustice against Ayling.

Midfielder Mateusz Klich was cautioned in the defeat at the Emirates as Leeds’ disciplinary issues continued to surface.

Sky Sports pundit and co-commentator Jamie Carragher was particularly critical of Ayling’s challenge, saying: ‘What an idiot. The lack of professionalism from his own teammates and what it could mean for the future is a disgusting challenge – it reminds me of the one Vinnie Jones did years ago.

“It was obviously going to be a red card. This may be the last game he plays in the Premier League.

Incredibly, Leeds were down to ten men again on Wednesday night when Dan James was given his marching orders for a horror challenge on Mateo Kovacic as Chelsea comfortably ran out 3-0 winners at Elland Road.


“Dirty Leeds” 2.0?  Jesse Marsch’s men set to collect 100 yellow cards this season, unprecedented

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It was a poorly timed challenge by James

“Dirty Leeds” 2.0?  Jesse Marsch’s men set to collect 100 yellow cards this season, unprecedented

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James can’t complain about being given a direct red

Leeds now find themselves with 97 yellow cards for the season, a total that does not live up to their long-standing ‘dirty’ reputation.

Jesse Marsch’s side continue to press the self-destruct button with just three games left to retain their top-flight status and suspensions continue to pile up.

And they are on the verge of an undesirable record of being the first team to collect 100 yellow cards in a single season.

Things are looking very bleak for Leeds, who currently sit in the final relegation spot with 17th-placed Burnley ahead by a far superior goal difference and having played one game less than the West Yorkshire club.

With four defeats in their last six games and no wins in that span, it looks like Leeds will return to the Championship.

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