Top 10 Most Bookings in an A-League Game

Tension, tempers and testosterone are sent into overdrive - FourFourTwo counts down the top 10 games that kept referees reaching for their pockets.
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10. Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Sydney FC, 10 bookings, 2008/09, round 2

Before the days of Western Sydney, Central Coast and Sydney FC were rivals by locality, and this particularly heated game resulted in 10 yellow cards including a second for Stuart Musialik. 

9. Brisbane Roar 1-3 Gold Coast United, 10 bookings, 2009/10, round 1

In the very first game of the A-League’s newest rivalry, Gold Coast United snatched an upset 3-1 win over Brisbane. The game’s significance must have increased the testosterone levels with both teams being shown five yellow cards.

8. Perth Glory 0-1 Wellington Phoenix, 10 bookings, 2010/11, round 13

The two teams who are the furthest apart (geographically) must have been building some tension leading up to their round 13 clash. Both sides received five yellow cards while Perth’s Jacob Burns earned himself a second in the 80th minute to leave the Glory with ten men.

7. Melbourne Victory 2-2 Melbourne Heart, 10 bookings, 2010/11, round 24

The Melbourne Derby was just two games old when the sides met in round 24 of Heart’s inaugural season. Victory were the aggressors here, going in the book eight times out of 10, with Kevin Muscat receiving a straight red in the 79th minute.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1-1 Sydney FC, 10 bookings, 2012/13, round 26

Yet another early game in a rivalry, Western Sydney and Sydney FC met at Parramatta Stadium for a 1-1 draw that included 10 bookings, two of which were red. Brett Emerton and Iacopa La Rocca were sent off in the 57th and 96th minute respectively.

5. Melbourne Victory 3-1 Sydney FC, 10 bookings, 2012/13, round 18

The Big Blue has been added to this list of derby encounters after 10 bookings were taken at AAMI Park in round 18 of the 2012-13 season. Melbourne Victory were the tamer of the two with four yellows cards while Sydney FC had two players receive a second yellow.

4. Sydney FC 1-0 Central Coast Mariners, 11 bookings, 2012/13, round 13

Sydney FC and Central Coast looked more determined than ever in 2012. While both teams counted five yellows, Central Coast players John Hutchinson and Tom Rogic saw red in the 90th minute to bring the tally to 11 bookings.

3. Melbourne Heart 2-3 Western Sydney Wanderers, 11 bookings, 2013/14, round 27

A thrilling match that ended with an 86th minute winner for Western Sydney, the Wanderers and Heart looked raring to go from the first whistle. By the end they managed 11 yellows between them, with a 6-5 favour to Western Sydney. 

2. Adelaide United 3-1 Perth Glory, 12 bookings, 2013/14, round 1

The first game of the 2013-14 season must have gotten some players too excited, particularly those wearing red. Adelaide notched eight yellow cards, two of which were a second, while Perth chipped in with four. 

1. Adelaide United 2-2 Melbourne Heart, 12 bookings, 2013/14, round 26

Bizarrely it was Melbourne Heart, not Victory that drew the most aggravation from Adelaide United. Seven yellows and a straight red to Tarek Elrich, along with four bookings for Heart, propelled this game to the top of this list.