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The cleanest players in history: Knights fair play

The cleanest players in history: Knights fair play

Of course in the following article are by no means all players who were never expelled. Among other things, because there is no complete statistics to define these parameters in the world that can describe or list one by one on every corner of the planet. But nevertheless, themselves are one of the most illustrative players in the world scene that were never sent to the dugout, and even in some cases, They were not even reprimanded with a simple yellow card. They are the knights of the “fair play”.

Two of the most representative cases of world football are Gary Lineker and Sir Stanley Matthews. British forward one day played for Barcelona is the paradigm of the cleanest players in the history of football. It is true to play center forward helped him, but I doubt that in more than 450 meetings in Europe (during his stay in Asia he saw a yellow) not having received not a single card is great merit. As is also the Stanley Matthews in 697 parties never had the dishonor of seeing a red card.

Lineker never saw a yellow in Europe.
Lineker never saw a yellow in Europe.

More illustrious names that carry a lifetime playing football without being expelled are two real legends: Raul Gonzalez Blanco and Ryan Giggs. Madrid and Real Madrid and Schalke or the Spanish team player and many in Qatar has been taken off the pitch prematurely, despite having on their backs over 1000 official meetings

Something comparable to Ryan Giggs, a lifetime to service Manchester United, club with which throughout its never been sent to the dugout for unsportsmanlike behavior or Xavi Hernandez. Catalan has only been in the position of having to leave the field prematurely in more than 850 encounters with Barcelona and selection on one occasion, in the famous derby of the 4-1 between Whites and blaugranas. Something happens to your partner, Andres Iniesta that despite having been on the edge of his red card on occasion has never come to leave prematurely.

Other classics of world football were never expelled was the great Dixie Dean, one of the greatest scorers in the history of England that never saw a red in his 439 meetings, Tommy Lawton, Tom Finney, Bill Wright (the first man to reach 100 international matches with a selection) o Jimmy Dickinson (764 meetings with Portsmouth).

Dixie Dean was never expelled.
Dixie Dean was never expelled.

As a curious note, I must say that Mario Kempes never saw the yellow card with your selection, which obviously it did not happen in most clubs where was present.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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