Premier League players picked up 49 percent fewer yellow cards for dissent during the second quarter of the 2008/09 season in comparison to the same stage last season, according to a new report.
Analysts at Powertable.co.uk say that during the first 20 games of this season, there have been 67 bookings for dissent compared to 76 in the first 20 games of 2007/08.
But it is in the last 10 games that the real changes have been seen.
Following the first 10 games of this season, bookings for backchat were up 12 percent on last season, a major embarrassment for The Football Association whose high-profile Respect campaign is aimed at encouraging better behaviour from players towards referees.
However, the 49 percent reduction in the second 10 games means that overall bookings for dissent are now down 12 percent so far this season.comments