Top 10 Craziest Premier League Players
The Premier League has been graced by some of the finest footballers the World has ever seen over the years. From the likes Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry to present days stars such as Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero. But it's fair to say the league has also had it's fair share of 'characters'. Diego Costa continues to bring controversy to the English Top flight and here at FREEbets.org.uk we take a look at some of the players who have been a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
10. Diego Costa
Most memorable outburst: A stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can that saw him receive a three-match ban
The inspiration behind this list, Diego Costa is arguably the greatest wind-up merchant in world football. Though his offences are not quite as bewildering as some of the others set to feature on this list, the frequency in Costa's offences see him well worthy of his spot. An undeniably world-class striker, the aggression that goes with Costa's game is quite staggering. Constantly battling and baiting defenders, he always looks as if he is on the verge of getting himself sent off. He was criticised for taunting Everton's Seamus Coleman after the defenders own goal in Chelsea's 3-6 win at Goodison Park in 2014 and in the same season received a three-match ban for a stamp on Emre Can in the Capital One cup and also was accused of stamping on Martin Skrtel in the same game. His supposed fall out with Jose Mourinho was well documented and it is little wonder really, for Costa could probably start a fight with his own shadow and is almost certainly the league's most disliked player at present.
9. Tomas Repka
Club: West Ham
Most memorable outburst: Sent off on his debut against Middlesbrough
When you arrive at a new club, players will always want to impress on their debut, to really make an impression on their new manager and fans. Well Tomas Repka really did set the tone for his spell when he was sent off for two bookable offences away to Middlesbrough. Repka went on to receive three more red cards during his spell with the Hammers and a career total of 19. The former Czech Republic international was immensely popular during his spell at Upton Park due to his no-nonsense style and was reduced to tears after his final appearance for the club in 2006. Don't think this makes him a softie however, Repka was amongst the most intimidating looking players in Premier League history.
8. Vinnie Jones
Clubs: Chelsea and Wimbledon
Most memorable outburst: Booked just three seconds into a game between Chelsea and Sheffield United
Though you could argue some of Jones' most infamous moments came prior to the Premier League era, his second spell with Wimbledon sees him earn his spot. One of the key members in the formation of Wimbledon's 'Crazy gang' in the late eighties, Jones' reputation was immortalised in a picture of him grabbing Paul Gascoigne by the testicles. Jones was sent off six times prior to the Premier League's inception in 1992 and was sent off a further six times in the Premier League era. After hanging up his boots, the ex-Welsh international became a Hollywood movie star where he was unsurprisingly regularly cast as a 'hardman'.
7. Paulo Di Canio
Clubs: Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United and Charlton Athletic.
Most memorable outburst: Pushing over referee Paul Alcock
Paulo di Canio arrived in the Premier League with a fledgling reputation as a combustible character. His spell north of the border with Celtic had ended on sour note after he was involved in a mass brawl in an Old Firm match against Rangers. At the end of the season he wanted a large pay-rise and when Celtic refused to meet his demands, he went on strike. His most infamous moment came in September 1998 in his second season at Sheffield Wednesday, when he was sent off at home to Arsenal. After referee Paul Alcock showed Di Canio the red card, the Italian shoved the referee to the ground an action that saw him receive an 11-game ban. Di Canio later transferred to West Ham where he became a cult hero and after a season with Charlton returned to his native Italy in 2004. Di Canio returned to the Premier League in 2013 as manager of Sunderland in a controversial appointment. However the spell was short lived and Di Canio was sacked after just 13 league games in charge.
6. Duncan Ferguson
Clubs: Everton and Newcastle
Most memorable outburst: His 'chokehold' on Leicester's Steffan Freund
Another who had already established a reputation up in Scotland, 'Big Dunc' had served a three-month jail term in Scotland for head-butting an opponent whilst playing for Rangers. Ferguson was sent off a record eight times in his Premier League career and received a four match ban for grabbing Leicester midfielder Steffan Freund around the throat. He later received another four match ban for punching Wigan's Paul Scharner. Ferguson's fearsome reputation was cemented after it emerged that burglars who had broken into his home required hospital treatment for injuries inflicted by the big Scotsman.