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Full Reason Why Premier League ‘harshest’ referees: Who has given Man United & Man City the most cards?

The referees who have given Manchester United and Manchester City the most bookings since 2018.

As the 2023–24 campaign draws to an end, we can reflect on all the incredible goals that have been scored since the previous season as well as the rough challenges and altercations that have led to teams receiving a yellow or red card.

Each club has a referee they absolutely hate to see call their match, but over the years, who has been the most trigger happy when their card is revealed? By compiling data from every Premier League match since 2018, Footy Accumulators has created a list of the harshest referees for each team.

The Premier League teams this season, excluding Luton Town and Wolves, are listed in the table below along with the referee who has given them the most yellow and red cards over the previous six years. See who has been the hardest on Manchester United and Manchester City by scrolling down.

1. Arsenal — Kevin Friend

Total cards: 17 (Total games: 6)

2. Aston Villa — John Brooks

Total cards: 27 (Total games: 8)

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