Thursday 29 September 2016

Kerry and Mayo among the highest black card 'offenders'

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Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

Eamonn Fitzmaurice cast some doubt over whether Paul Murphy's second black card against Cork in the fourth round of action was deliberate but Kerry did not seek to challenge it (Sportfile)
Eamonn Fitzmaurice cast some doubt over whether Paul Murphy's second black card against Cork in the fourth round of action was deliberate but Kerry did not seek to challenge it (Sportfile)

All-Ireland champions Kerry received the second highest number of black cards in the divisional stages of the Allianz Football League.

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Kerry picked up six black cards in their seven-match programme, one behind Down who top the list for the second successive year and the same number as Mayo.

The Kingdom's accumulation of black cards may provide further embellishment for the growing chorus of opinion that they are just as cynical as any other team around.

An audit of last weekend's final match against Tyrone in Omagh revealed that Kerry committed more than double the amount of fouls that Tyrone committed.

Black cards are given for what are deemed to be deliberate cynical fouls.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (left) cast some doubt over whether Paul Murphy's second black card against Cork in the fourth round of action was deliberate but Kerry did not seek to challenge it.

Figures from the 112-match campaign show a rise of almost 15 per cent in the number of black cards dished out from last year, rising from 90 to 104 with Division 1 teams showing the greatest spike. They climbed from 17 to 29.

Irish Independent

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