Brentford and Villa faced off in a heated Premier League match in December, resulting in a record-breaking number of yellow and red cards. The game saw a total of 10 yellow cards and two straight reds, heightening tensions on the field. Ben Mee’s red card allowed Villa to make a comeback, with Ollie Watkins securing a late winner and causing controversy with his celebration.
The match was marred by multiple scuffles and ill-tempered moments, culminating in the referee issuing a red card to Boubacar Kamara in the 97th minute, in addition to cautioning both managers. In a separate incident, Liverpool’s clash with Nottingham Forest also made headlines for its high number of cards. Referee Anthony Taylor issued a total of eleven yellow cards and one red card to Rodri for violent conduct.
This season has seen a trend of aggressive games, prompting discussion about the players’ adherence to rules leading up to future events such as the Euros.