Catch-all rule no stranger to controversy
Published 13/08/2015 | 02:30
"Misconduct considered to have discredited the Association".
It's a catch-all rule, only applied to awkward situations, not catered for under any specific rule.
It carries an eight-week ban, although that hasn't always been deemed appropriate.
Last November, Central Council decided that it didn't fit the bill for team managers who criticised referees, and amended the sanction to match bans.
They denied that it had anything to do with Brian Cody's criticism of Barry Kelly after Kilkenny won the All-Ireland final replay, but the timing appeared too much of a coincidence not to have some connection.
Cody was warned "as to his future conduct in media interviews" but the Central Hearings Committee noted that his comments about Kelly "did not constitute misconduct considered to have discredited the Association."
Former Galway manager, Cyril Farrell, now an Irish Independent columnist, and Tony Hanahoe, former Dublin captain, were not as lucky.
In 1986, Farrell was banned for eight weeks for criticising referee John Bailey (Dublin) after Galway's defeat by Cork in the All-Ireland final. However, he continued with his managerial duties and no further action was taken.
In 1978, Hanahoe was suspended for a month for criticising referee, Seamus Aldridge (Kildare) after Dublin's defeat by Kerry in the All-Ireland final.
Hanahoe subsequently played a League game and had a further six months added. It was later rescinded.