Goalies treated like delicate little flowers
Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30
Sean Quigley's illegal shunting of Stephen Cluxton over the line should not have yielded a Fermanagh goal against Dublin, but it does raise the question of whether the rule should be changed to allow opponents to apply more pressure on goalkeepers.
As it stands, the rules treat goalkeepers as delicate little flowers, who need special protection all the time.
No one is advocating a return to the days when football and hurling goalkeepers could be driven into the net by brute force, but the balance has gone too far in the other direction.
Most referees award a free out for a even a crooked look at a goalkeeper. It's not necessary, but it's happening all the time (with the exception of last Sunday!).
Still on keepers, many of whom are long-distance free-takers nowadays, when will referees take action on the length of time between the foul and the kick?
It's taking far too long, especially when the goalie's team is leading.