Ligue 1 continues to set unwanted records for red cards accumulated

The latest in a growing list of undesirable disciplinary records in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 this season is Jean-Clair Todibo’s record-breaking red card against Angers on Sunday. 

Todibo’s red card, in which the French centre-back was adjudged to have been the last man and therefore sent off after just nine seconds, was the quickest red card given in Ligue 1 history. The previous record was Maxime Spano’s red card for Toulouse, which came after 40 seconds. 

That isn’t the only unwanted disciplinary record set by Ligue 1 this season. The 11 red cards given during gameweek three of the Ligue 1 season was the most given in a single gameweek since Opta records began back in the 1991-92 season. The previous record was 10, which had been registered on two occasions. 

Ligue 1 have also given out the highest quantity of red cards across Europe’s top five leagues this season. 34 red cards have already been given in just eight gameweeks. 

Of Europe’s top five divisions, the next highest is Spain’s La Liga, where 20 red cards have been given while four red cards have been shown in the Premier League. 

In addition, an astonishing 43 red cards have been given in Ligue 2, the highest in any major division across Europe. 

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