Sunday 30 April 2017

Crime and punishment: a new chapter

THE RULE CHANGE EXPLAINED

Match bans will finally come into effect for this year's Allianz Leagues and the championships but time-based suspensions still exist and will continue to apply for more serious offences, and at non-senior level.



SO WHAT'S REALLY DIFFERENT?

For the first time, match bans of one to two games for Category II (striking/ kicking/spitting/melee/verbal abuse) and Category III offences (attempts to strike or kick with force/ attempted strikes with the head/stamping) will apply in senior inter-county games from February onwards. The new game bans will also be increased for repeat offences, and will carry over from the league into the championship and from this year's championship into next year's leagues.

IN A NUTSHELL?

Basically, the farcical situation that could lead to a very serious offence resulting in a player missing just one game, or none at all, has been ended. Instead, a sliding scale of match bans is being introduced which should improve discipline and lead to a more equitable disciplinary system.

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