Friday, November 23, 2012

Soccer Red Card Fantasy League? 23 Games, 8 Ejections

So, you want a red card fantasy league (RCFL)? Here is an abbreviated sampling of what you might expect to find during one day in the UEFA Europa League's group stage.

With 23 games played on 11/22, officials ejected, dismissed and sent off eight players via the red card:
Referee Serge Gumienny ejected Udinese Calcio M Willians for dangerous challenge (second yellow -> red)
Referee Simon Lee Evans ejected Partizan F Aleksandar Mitrovic for fighting after team's foul (straight red)
Referee Laurent Duhamel ejected Maribor D Ales Mejac for dangerous challenge (second yellow -> red)
Referee Aleksei Kulbakov ejected Twente D Rasmus Bengtsson for dangerous foul (straight red card)
Referee Paolo Valeri ejected Basel M Cabral for second booking in four minutes (second yellow -> red)
Referee Bobby Madden ejected AEL M Luciano Bebe for dangerous foul (straight red card; dismissed)
Referee Carlos Gomez ejected Dnipro M Jaba Kankava for second booking in 3 minutes (2nd yellow -> red)
Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan ejected Napoli D Salvatore Aronica for dangerous challenge (straight red card)

This is in addition to three ejections presented during eight games on November 21:
Referee Olegario Benquerenca ejected Zenit M Vladimir Bystrov for abuse of officials at full-time (straight red)
Referee Damir Skomina ejected Anderlecht D Bram Nuytinck for tackling last man [Pato] foul (straight red)
Referee Gianluca Rocchi ejected Real Madrid D Alvaro Arbeloa penalty area bkng (second yellow -> red)

Question: Is the sport of soccer prone to more ejections per games played than any other?
Answer: Yes, and it's not even close...

Statistical Ejection Comparison, by Sport and League
European football ejection ratio: Approx. 31% of red card or other dismissal to games played.
MLS American soccer ejection ratio: Approx. 27% of red card or other dismissal to games played.
MLB baseball ejection ratio: Approx. 8.2% of ejections to games played.
NHL hockey ejection ratio: Approx. 7.1% of game misconducts, etc. to games played.
NBA basketball ejection ratio: Approx. 6.8% of two technicals, flagrant 2 fouls, etc. to games played.
NFL football ejection ratio: Approx. 5.0% of USC/UR/PF ejection penalties, etc. to games played.


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