Thursday 8 December 2016

Only referees can bring real discipline to games

Published 22/12/2008 | 00:00

Many referees baulk at showing the second yellow card, but Paddy Russell famously didn't with Kerry's Paul Galvin this summer
Many referees baulk at showing the second yellow card, but Paddy Russell famously didn't with Kerry's Paul Galvin this summer

Here we go again. For the umpteenth time in the past 25 years or so we have another new plan by the GAA to stop players undermining the very fabric of football in particular by engaging in unsporting, negative, cynical and often plain dirty play.

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This sort of behaviour has been the ever present blemish on all the good and wonderful things that have happened to the GAA in recent years.

These negative aspects lead to outbreaks of violence through mass brawls, as we have seen so many times in big inter-county games. They have undermined the progress of the most talented players because the cynical and negative play of opponents has often destroyed the brilliance of such players, and the paying public have been the real losers.

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