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Going soft on discipline?

Published 12/01/2012 | 05:00

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

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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

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