THE GAA is proposing to introduce a new 'black card' system after reviewing the proposals announced by the Football Review Committee on December 10.
The FRC recommendations are currently being processed by the GAA's Rules Advisory Committee in order to format the relevant motions for Annual Congress in Derry next March, but following discussions, mainly between the FRC and the Rules Advisory Committee, some proposals have been amended in accordance with the views of players, mentors, administrators, spectators and the GAA public at large.
With regard to Proposal 10, the original proposal will be adjusted as follows:
The FRC proposes that a new category of fouling be added to the Rules. This is aimed at reducing deliberate and cynical fouling and also to increase respect towards referees and fellow players. The penalty for such behaviour will be mandatory substitution, by showing the offender a black card. The following infractions have been identified:
1. To deliberatively pull down an opponent
2. To deliberately trip an opponent with hand, arm or foot
3.To deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of the movement of play
4. To use abusive or provocative language or gestures top layers
5. To remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a match official.
The present yellow card system will remain in place with players being sent off without replacement on receiving a second tellow card as now pertains.
After a team has been give three black cards, any further black cards will mean the player going off with no substitution.
For inter-county competitions a cumulative total of three black cards or three double yellow cards for an individual in any one grade in the same year will lead to a one match suspension, except where this would apply to an All-Ireland Final, in which case the suspension is carried forward to the next match.
The number of substitutions permitted should be increased from the present five to six, to coincide with the introduction of the proposed change.
The above changes, if approved by GAA Congress, to be implemented from January 1, 2014.