Villain of the season

The 2011/12 Premier League season will go down as one of its finest, with great games, goals, sackings and spats ensuring there's never been a dull moment. Our Football Desk never agrees at the best of times and it's no different here, as we choose our villains of the season.

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City : At best, there was a misunderstanding on that infamous night in Munich back in September, but to then swan off to Argentina for several months is not the act of a football 'hero' who is highly paid and supposedly professional. Just a shame Roberto Mancini didn't stick to his stance of not picking him again. MB

Roger Johnson, Wolves: Wolves' star signing turned out to be a disastrous one for the club as Johnson was relegated for a second successive season. The new captain struggled for form on the field, friendship with team-mates off it and labelled his own fans "a disgrace". And that was before turning up drunk for training. His final act of the season? Squaring up to his own goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in front of an enraged Molineux. AB

Mario Balotelli, Manchester City: Yes, yes, City won the league, but the presence of Balotelli was a hurdle they had to overcome. The Italian epitomises the spoilt 21st Century footballer. Nine bookings and two red cards for his club in all competitions, but he was let off in the hearts of many due to his supposedly tee-hee-inducing, 'whacky' off-field antics - all of which turned out to be fictitious. It was no coincidence City's title challenge refocused between April and May when Balotelli was either suspended or out of favour. PF

Venky's/Steve Morgan, Blackburn/Wolves: It is little surprise that two of the relegated sides have pretty dysfunctional owners. Blackburn's poultry owning Venky's have stood by manager Steve Kean, but their PR and general treatment of their own club's fans has been horrendous. Wolves chairman Steve Morgan's decision to remove Mick McCarthy and install his assistant Terry Connor after repeated failed attempts to get anyone else speaks for itself. Both arguably got what they deserved - relegation. GB

Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool:Such has been the absolute disdain in which Dalglish has treated the media this season there have been times when I've questioned whether Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing were worth the fortunes I'd paid for them. While his prehistoric attitudes towards media commitments were boorish in the extreme it was his continued defence of Luis Suarez that brought the club's great name into serious disrepute. As for finishing in eighth place in the Premier League...Long live the King and all that.AD

Luis Suarez, Liverpool: Much of the disgust felt for Suarez after he was found guilty by a Football Association commission of racially abusing Patrice Evra was caused not just by the initial offence, but by his behaviour afterwards. The Uruguay international could have brought the whole sorry affair to a close with a handshake at Old Trafford, but instead elected to snub the Frenchman, reigniting the whole row before a belated and grovelling apology soon after. RP

Posted by Mark Buckingham, Adam Bate, Pete Fraser, Graeme Bailey, Alex Dunn & Rob Parrish

Who was the season's biggest villain?

  • Carlos Tevez
  • Roger Johnson
  • Mario Balotelli
  • Venky's/Steve Morgan
  • Kenny Dalglish
  • Luis Suarez
  • Other