Known as ‘Dirty Leeds’ back in the day, this current Leeds side are close to restoring their reputation of being a feisty bunch.

The Whites had already set a record of registering 95+ yellow cards in a season during their 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, beating Sunderland’s record of 94 in the 2014-15 campaign.

Luke Ayling was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Gabriel Martinelli

Luke Ayling was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Gabriel Martinelli

Defender Luke Ayling was dismissed for a two-footed lunge on Gunners forward Gabriel Martinelli after VAR overturned an initial yellow card.

Winger Raphinha was also booked in the melee that followed, with the Brazilian incensed at what he felt was an injustice against Ayling.

Midfielder Mateusz Klich was cautioned during the defeat at the Emirates as Leeds’ disciplinary issues continued to surface.

Sky Sports’ pundit and co-commentator Jamie Carragher was particularly critical of Ayling’s challenge, saying: “What an idiot. The lack of professionalism for his own team-mates and what this could mean going forwards, it’s a disgusting challenge – it reminds me of one Vinnie Jones did years ago.

“It was obviously going to be a red card. That might be the last game he ever plays in the Premier League.”

Incredibly, Leeds were again reduced to ten men on Wednesday night when Dan James was given his marching orders for a horror challenge on Mateo Kovacic as Chelsea comfortably ran out 3-0 winners at Elland Road.

It was a poorly timed challenge by James

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It was a poorly timed challenge by James

James can have no complaints about being given a straight red

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James can have no complaints about being given a straight red

Leeds now find themselves on 97 yellow cards for the season, a total that does their long-standing reputation for being ‘dirty’ no favours.

Jesse Marsch’s side are continuing to press the self-destruct button with just three games remaining to hold on to their top flight status and suspensions continuing to pile up.

And they’re on the verge of an unwanted record of being the first team to collect 100 yellow cards in a single season.

Things are looking very bleak for Leeds, who currently occupy the final relegation place with 17th-placed Burnley ahead with a far-superior goal difference and having played a match less than the West Yorkshire club.

With four defeats in their last six games and no wins across that period, it is looking like Leeds will be heading back to the Championship.

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