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What are the statistics on the proportion of straight red cards that are shown in European leagues? That is, red cards that are shown immediately, rather than after two yellow cards.

  • Red cards can be shown after one yellow card, which is neither immediate nor after two yellow cards. Your wording does not fully describe the distinction you apparently want. – Nij Oct 31 at 9:59
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This HowTheyPlay article lists the number of straight red cards, and red cards after two yellows, for each Premier League season between 2009-10 and 2018-19.

Season   | 2 Yellows | Straight Reds | Total
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2009/10  |    27     |       30      |  57
2010/11  |    18     |       38      |  56
2011/12  |    21     |       37      |  58
2012/13  |    15     |       36      |  51
2013/14  |    14     |       39      |  53
2014/15  |    35     |       36      |  71
2015/16  |    25     |       34      |  59
2016/17  |    18     |       23      |  41
2017/18  |    18     |       21      |  39
2018/19  |    18     |       29      |  47

Straight red cards consistently make up more than half of all red cards. The exact percentage varies from season to season - straight reds made up 73.6% of all red cards in 2013/14, but just 50.7% the following season. On average, during those 10 seasons, straight reds make up 60.71% of all red cards, or just over 3/5ths.

This is only the English Premier League; I don't know if the proportion is similar in other European leagues.

  • Premier League football seems to be the most brutal in Europe :-) – Bebs Oct 31 at 14:28
  • @Bebs It's worth noting that the Premier League has 20 teams, more than most other top-level European leagues; there'll be more red cards in the Premier League by virtue of there being more matches per season. – F1Krazy Oct 31 at 14:32
  • Bundesliga is the only of the Fifth to have 18 teams. But I agree, Portugal, Netherlands and others have less than 20. – Bebs Oct 31 at 14:35

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