Martin Breheny: Stick or twist - new choice for penalty takers
Penalty-takers in hurling and football will face an interesting choice under a new rule introduced by the GAA.
If an opposing player commits a foul while a penalty is being taken and a point is scored, the kicker/striker will be asked whether he wants a retake or allow the point to stand.
Offering a player a choice over a score is new territory and arises from the change in the rule on penalty taking in hurling.
The new rule, which reduces the number of defenders permitted on the line from three to one for penalties, came into effect last weekend.
Congress backed the change in February but a query arose over what would happen if a foul was committed while a penalty was being taken. That could involve something as simple as the goalie coming off his line. Central Council have added the new interpretation to the rule, which offers penalty-takers a choice.
The change in the hurling penalty arose from the controversy that followed Anthony Nash's ground-grabbing skills, which often took the Cork goalkeeper as close as the 13-metre line before making the strike.
It was outlawed last year, leading to the introduction of the one-on-one penalty which may get its first big test in next Sunday's Allianz League semi-finals.