Saturday 29 November 2014

Ref had no option in Feeney 'black' moment

Colm Parkinson

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

17 March 2014; Richie Feeney, Castlebar Mitchels, is shown a 'black card' by referee Eddie Kinsella early the game. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo, v St Vincent's, Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Castlebar's Richie Feeney is shown a black card by referee Eddie Kinsella in the early stages of Monday's club final

What on earth was Richie Feeney thinking?

The only valid criticism of the black card so far is that, on occasion, referees need to make a judgment call as to whether there's been a genuine or deliberate foul.

This can be a grey area when you consider a lot of referees don't have a real understanding of the game. The one foul that falls under the 'black' umbrella where there is no ambiguity whatsoever, is the 'deliberate body collide'.

What Feeney did was stupid. A county player should be leading by example, not getting sent off four minutes into an All-Ireland club final for a deliberate body check straight in front of the referee.

We had some fun on the show last week making up a mock AIB advertisement detailing my hard luck story in the All-Ireland club finals. It didn't take long for someone to outdo my story.

Richie Feeney

0 All-Irelands

0 All Stars

0 Club All-Irelands (and black-carded after 4 minutes in a club All-Ireland final)

#thetoughest

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