The modern game can’t quite be imagined without the impact of red cards. Every player, once in a while, loses his temper and does something silly to get one. Some even get it because of their stunningly bad technique while tackling and then there are others who have managed to go through long and successfull careers, all the while staving off the possibility of getting a red card.Here are 5 players who’ve had long club careers and managed to escape the dreaded red card:
#1 Damien Duff
Duff, the former Blackburn, Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham winger, has never seen a red card in his career despite spending most of his career in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League. He plied his trade in the top division for 18 years and despite spending 14 of those years at clubs that weren’t really at the top, he never once was ejected from a match.
His disciplinary record, to not have been sent off as yet, is highly commendable. Similar players - pacey, explosive wingers - have ratcheted small mountains of red cards, due to their inability to control their emotions when fouled, or because of their inept defending. Duff would often be seen running up and down the pitch, working hard, covering every blade of grass and basically nobody would have ever blamed him if he got sent off, but Duff never succumbed.
No, he was different. Almost a saint compared to the uncouth bruisers he found himself in teams with.