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Sunday 20 April 2014

Fitz endorses FRC proposals

Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan after winning their tenth O'Donoghue Cup medal after Dr Crokes defeated Rathmore in the East Kerry O'Donoghue Cup final last Sunday. They are pictured with Jackie Looney who also won ten O'Donoghue Cup medals. Photo by...

EAMONN Fitzmaurice has given an initial endorsement to the new recommendations set out by the Football Review Committee (FRC) that are hoped will improve Gaelic football as a game and a spectacle.

The FRC, under the chairmanship of Eugene McGeen, and of which Kerry's Killian Burns is a member, issued a number of proposals hoped at improving the game, and Fitzmaurice has said that on first consideration he is in general agreement with most of what is being proposed.

Speaking to The Kerryman on Tuesday, the Kerry senior football team manager said: "On my initial reading of them I would generally endorse what has been recommended. In theory I haven't a huge problem with anything proposed, and overall I think everything that has been proposed is in keeping with the spirit of the game.

"The committee are coming at it from the right place, and I think they have tried to implement practical rules that make a lot of sense, and they haven't gone overly experimental just for the sake of it.

"The new yellow card proposal is interesting. I was all for it back in 2009, and I thought it worked well in the League that year. My only concern is that is could become very tough on referees to make the calls to issue yellow cards, now that it would put a player out of the game.

"There is still a grey area in relation to the interpretation of what is an accidental foul and a deliberate foul, but overall I'd be in favour of it.

"The same for the ball being brought forward. That's a good move becuase it will cut out cynical play and help speed up the game.

"If there is a difficulty from a manager's point of view or for the players it's that there will be no trial period. The proposals will either be voted in at Congress or not, and they will become part of the game straight away, without any lead in or trial period. That might be a worry but overall I think the FRC has researched the issues very well and I would endorse them initially, although I will have to consider them more closely," Fitzmaurice added.

Meanwhile, Kerry's new senior hurling team manager Tom Howard has been handed an eight-week suspension by Clare County Board following their investigation into an altercation during the Clare county minor hurling championship final between Kilmayley and Clarecastle, who was managed by Howard.

Former Kilmoyley team manager Anthony Daly was handed an four-week ban.

It's not known yet if Howard will appeal the suspension or what ramifications a ban would have on Howard's new job as Kerry hurling manager.

The Kerry hurlers are in action on January 20 in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup when they take on the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

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