Four red cards on the last day of the league championship, although the only one that had any real influence on the table was for Valencia's Jonas, who caught Sevilla's Alberto Moreno with a loose elbow shortly before half time in their match. A red was probably a bit harsh as it was, and it may well have cost the Ches fourth place as they eventually fell to a 4-3 defeat. Real Sociedad were the team who overtook them on Saturday, and although they too had Bergara sent off for a second bookable offence, it came too late to change a 0-1 victory at Deportivo.
Athletic Bilbao's Aduríz and Espanyol's Forlín were also sent off after picking up two bookings, but the Basque side still drew 2-2 at Rayo Vallecano without any real effect on the classification, and Forlín's red card came very close to the end of the match which Celta won to save themselves from relegation.
All will have to sit out the first match of next season (if they are still here!), as will another ten players who completed the five yellow card cycle, Rubén Pérez (Betis), Aythami (Deportivo), Navarro (Sevilla), and Dani Parejo and Soldado (both Valencia), who picked up their tenth bookings of the season, and Tiago (Atlético), Oliveira and Riki (both Deportivo), Cala (Sevilla) and Mathieu (Valencia), who were all given their fifth. (06.06.13)
PS Soldado's yellow card was overturned on appeal, but the red for Jonas was upheld.
PPS. Of course we forgot to mention that Zaragoza's Sapunaru is the honorary winner of our "Villains" award after clocking up a record number of yellow cards this season. Last year's winner Medel came second.
(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)
|Villains||Yellow cards||Red cards (straight)||Games banned||Total points|
|Medel (Sevilla)||12||4 (2)||9||27|
|Wakaso (Espanyol)||18||2 (1)||6||27|
|Alvaro (Zaragoza)||15||2 (2)||6||25|
|Alexis (Getafe)||12||2 (2)||8||24|
|Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol)||18||1 (1)||4||24|
|Gabi (Atlético Madrid)||16||2 (1)||4||23|
|Ramos (Real Madrid)||13||2||7||22|
|Mario Suárez (Atlético)||15||2||4||21|
|Ander Herrera (Athletic)||12||2 (1)||5||20|
|Fernando Navarro (Sevilla)||13||2 (1)||4*||20|
|Ricardo Costa (Valencia)||13||2||3||18|
|Rubén Pérez (Betis)||14||1||3*||18|
|Abel Aguilar (Deportivo)||14||1||3||18|
|Diego Castro (Getafe)||14||1||3||18|
|Gálvez (Rayo Vallecano)||14||1||3||18|