The A-League’s biggest troublemakers

Brisbane Roar’s third win of the season didn’t come without a little bit of controversy. Capitalising on two errors at the back the Roar found themselves 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone. George Blackwood got a goal back for United, his third in four games (what is happening to the world?!)  but it wasn’t enough, the Roar held on despite being down to 10 man. Yep that’s right, Matt McKay won a foul but ended up getting sent off for kicking Nikola Mileusnic in the head because of course he did. But does that red make McKay the A-League biggest troublemaker? Has he received the most red cards in A-League history?

Dino Djulbic
According to multiple reports former Gold Coast United and Perth Glory defender Dino Djulbic is set to sign with Melbourne Victory as an injury replacement for James Donachie. So it’ll be a good idea to let Victory fans know the man who turns 35 in February has found himself in a lot of trouble in his A-League career.

The central defender is one of three players to have been sent off five times. In fact he has only managed two seasons out of seven where he hasn’t received his marching order. Only one of those was a straight red, in a 3-1 loss against Sydney FC in 2014-15.

Manny Muscat
Manny Muscat is the most booked player in A-League history so it’s no surprise the Melbourne City man features on this list. As well as his 66 yellows, Muscat has also picked up five reds.

Two of those five have been straight reds. One in 2009-10 in a loss to Brisbane Roar while playing for Wellington Phoenix and the one he received recently in a loss to Sydney FC.

Kevin Muscat

During his time in England Kevin Muscat was described as a “lowlife”, a “nobody”, and “the most hated man in football”. He was also sued over $400,000 for a leg-breaking tackle on Charlton Athletic’s Matt Holmes. He also almost killed poor Adrian Zahra who was never the same again.

So yeah, no surprise he received five red cards in his 122 A-League matches for Melbourne Victory. Given his reputation throughout his career, it was poetic that Muscat received two reds in his final two matches before hanging up the boots after that tackle on Zahra.

Ernie Merrick’s face says it all.

Matt McKay
Only Leigh Broxham has played more games for the one club than Matt McKay, but thanks to his red card against Adelaide United, only one player has received more red cards than the six he has been given in his A-League career.

I’m not sure what Adelaide has done to wrong McKay but three of his red cards have come against the side. Two have come against Victory. He also got himself sent off in a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets in the first season.

Nigel Boogaard
Speaking of the Newcastle Jets. Their captain Nigel Boogaard has received the most red cards in A-League and it’s not even close.

Three of the nine reds came in his first season at the club in 2015-16. Four came while playing in Adelaide red. Two came in his early days playing for the Central Coast Mariners.

Four of those have been straight reds making Boogaard the biggest troublemaker in A-League history

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