Thursday 25 December 2014

Black card recipients on the opening weekend of 2014 season

Published 06/01/2014 | 10:05

5 January 2014; Donegal's Rory Kavanagh removes his gumshield after receieving a black card by referee Barry Cassidy. Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup, Section A, Round 1, Donegal v Tyrone, O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Donegal's Rory Kavanagh removes his gumshield after receieving a black card by referee Barry Cassidy. Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup, Section A, Round 1, Donegal v Tyrone
Conn Prendeville, Limerick Institute of Technology, is shown a black card by referee Padraig O'Sullivan. Prendeville was not replaced by a team-mate as LIT had used all 6 of their substitutions. McGrath Cup, Quarter-Final, Cork v Limerick Institute of Technology
Michéal O Laoire, Cork, left, is shown a black card by referee Padraig O'Sullivan. O Laoire was not replaced by a team-mate as Cork had used all 6 of their substitutions. McGrath Cup, Quarter-Final, Cork v Limerick Institute of Technology
Referee Anthony Nolan shows his black book, 'black card' to Wexford forward Ciaran Lyng late in the game.Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup, Group A, Round 1, Wexford v Laois,
Donegal's Declan Walsh receives a black card from referee Barry Cassidy during the second half. Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup Section A Round 1, Donegal v Tyrone
Referee Paddy Neilan issues the black card to Neil Ewing, Sligo. FBD League, Section B, Round 1, Galway v Sligo

It has been a controversial move by the GAA and on the opening weekend of the 2014 inter-county season more than a dozen players were issued with a black card.

Euguene McGee, chairman of the Football Review Committee that proposed the black card, has voiced his pleasure with the first weekend of the new rule, saying it has “put a brake on cynicism”, with 13 players in total going into the black book. Not everyone within the game agrees with the new measures.

Armagh manager Paul Grimley said he feels supporters will become “completely disillusioned” by the new measures, stating that it makes a “cod of our game”.

Others have voiced their reservations believing it may have been more media driven, but for now players and managers alike will have to adapt to the rule change.

Irish Independent

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