Sport Gaelic Football

Monday 24 April 2017

Going soft on discipline?

The following are examples of how suspended players will be better off under match bans rather than time bans

Division 1 -- NFL

(Based on a suspended player's team reaching the final)

A player sent off on Sunday, March 4, on what would have been a four-week suspension last year, would be eligible to play again on Sunday,

April 1.

Games missed under time ban: 3

Games missed under match ban: 1

A player suspended for eight weeks under the old system for an offence committed on March 4 would be eligible to resume on April 29, missing five games (if his team reached the semi-final).

Games missed under time ban: 5

Games missed under match ban: 2

Division 4 -- NFL

A player sent off on March 4 on an eight-week suspension (2011 system) would be eligible to play again on Sunday, April 29. There are nine rounds in Division 4, plus a final which is played on April 28.

Games missed under time ban: 7

Games missed under match ban: 2

All-Ireland SFC

(Based on a team which progresses from Round 2 of the qualifiers to All-Ireland quarter-final)

A player sent off in a Round 2 qualifier game on Saturday, July 14 would have received a four-week suspension under last summer's regulations, leaving him eligible to play again on Saturday, August 11, depending on his side's progress.

Games missed under time ban: 3 R3 & 4 All-Ireland quarter-final)

Games missed under match ban: 1

Irish Independent

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport