Sydney FC returned to the top of the table after serving their third victory in seven days with a 3-1 win over a disappointing Brisbane Roar at Allianz Stadium. There was no ball boy controversy but that doesn’t mean the match went down without a hitch. Roar defender (and leading goal scorer) Avraam Papadopoulos facing a long suspension for spitting at Matt Simon. The Wizard of Woy Woy was sent off himself for his reaction, earning his first red in 203 matches. Previously he had received 37 bookings without a dismissal so with that in mind let’s take a look at the players with the most yellow cards without yet seeing red.
Sydney FC left back Michael Zullo kicks off our list. He debuted as an 18-year-old for Brisbane Roar in 2007 and other than a four-year-stint in the Netherlands he has spent most of his career in the A-League. Zullo has received 29 yellow cars since his 2007 debut without receiving a red card. Six of Zullo’s yellow cards have come against the Central Coast Mariners, five against Melbourne Victory, and four against Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix.
Sitting just in front of Zullo is former Perth Glory and Melbourne City midfielder Wayne Srhoj. The former Olyroo spent four years in the A-League between 2008-2012 receiving 30 yellow cards without being handed a red card. Five of Srhoj’s yellow cards came against Sydney FC, and four against Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar.
Josh Rose is an A-League veteran and a Central Coast legend. The left back has made 171 appearances for the club and has played for the defunct New Zealand Knights, and Melbourne City as well. He has received 31 yellow cards without receiving a red card. Nine of his yellow cards have come in 23 matches against Adelaide, and seven have been against Perth in the same amount of matches. Four have also come against Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers.
Michael Thwaite has pulled his pants down in a match, but he hasn’t received a red card from the referee. The 34-year-old has featured for Melbourne Victory, Gold Coast United, Perth Glory, and now Western Sydney Wanderers for a total 186 matches without seeing red despite conceding 33 yellow cards. Seven of those have come against Adelaide, five against Sydney FC, and four against Brisbane.
Since debuting in 2008 Scott Jamieson has played left back for Adelaide United, Sydney FC, Perth Glory, Western Sydney Wanderers and now Melbourne City, but he has never received a red card despite being booked 41 times. Eight have come against Melbourne Victory, six against Adelaide, and five against Brisbane, Central Coast, Newcastle Jets, and Wellington Phoenix.