They really ARE dirty Leeds! Jesse Marsch’s side hit a landmark CENTURY of cards in one Premier League season following Dan James’s red and Kalvin Phillips’s yellow against Chelsea – just days after beating Derby’s record of 97 set in 2000
- Dan James was given his marching orders in first half of the clash with Chelsea
- Kalvin Phillips was later shown a yellow card during the 3-0 defeat for Leeds
- The two cards saw Jesse Marsch’s side hit a tally of 100 cards for the season
- The Whites had already broken the record for most cards in their loss to Arsenal
- Leeds surpassed Derby’s record of 97 set in the 1999-2000 Premier League term
Leeds United hit a landmark century of cards in one Premier League season after Dan James’s red and Kalvin Phillips’s yellow against Chelsea, having already broken the record for the most in a campaign.
Jesse Marsch’s side spectacularly imploded against the west London team on Wednesday night as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to slip into the relegation zone.
The Whites swiftly found themselves behind after Mason Mount opened the scoring in the fourth minute but found their misery soon compounded as James was given his marching orders for a dangerous high tackle on Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic 20 minutes later.
Leeds hit a landmark century of cards in one Premier League season after defeat to Chelsea
Dan James (left) was sent off for a reckless tackle on Mateo Kovacic (centre) on Wednesday
The defeat was the second game in a row where Leeds had been shown a straight red card but it signaled a much greater undesirable achievement for the club.
The winger’s red and Phillip’s first-half cautioning were Leeds’ 99th and 100th cards of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign, with the side managing to rack up the tally in just 36 games.
The Yorkshire side have seen 97 yellow cards and 3 reds over the course of the season and had already broken the record for the most cards in a top-flight season prior to the Chelsea game.
Kalvin Phillips (second left) was later cautioned for sliding in on Christian Pulisic (centre)
Just days earlier, Leeds made unwanted Premier League history by becoming the first side to collect more than 95 yellow cards in a season, eclipsing the previous record held by Sunderland (94) in 2014-15, during their clash against Arsenal.
A two-footed lunge on Gabriel Martinelli saw Luke Ayling, who was wearing the captain’s armband in the absence of Liam Cooper, head for an early bath following a VAR review at the Emirates.
Raphinha earned a booking of his own for protesting in the wake of Ayling’s sending off, while Mateusz Klich was also cautioned in the first half.
Jesse Marsch’s (above) side had already made Premier League history against Arsenal
The three cards also saw Leeds surpass Derby for the record total of cards, who had received 97 in the 1999-2000 season.
James’s red and a yellow for England international Phillips against Chelsea then saw Leeds hit the century mark.
Both Sunderland and Everton are four off Leeds’ new benchmark with the Black Cats hitting 96 in 2014-15 and the Toffees in 1998-99.
Luke Ayling (left) saw red against the Gunners for a horror tackle on Gabriel Martinelli (right)
Raphina (right) was then cautioned for protesting in the wake of Ayling’s sending off
While in more recent years, Arsenal have come the closest, having received 91 in 2019-20.
With two games left to play, Leeds still have the chance to take their tally even higher as they face Brighton and Brentford in a fight to retain their spot in the top-flight.
Leeds currently sit 18th behind fellow strugglers Burnley on goal difference and two points off 16th-place Everton.
However, Burnley have a game in hand and Leeds will be anxiously watching on in the hope they slip up against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
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