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Referees to discuss card controversies

Gaelic Games

Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30

The head of the national referees committee Sean Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile
The head of the national referees committee Sean Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile

The head of the national referees committee Sean Walsh has accepted there has been inconsistencies in the application of the black card this summer.

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Walsh believes the ground may be right to introduce a sin bin to dilute the punishment but insists the principle of having a strong deterrent to cynical fouling must remain.

The former Munster Council chairman praised the contribution of referees to the levels of entertainment over the last two months. Referees have a scheduled meeting this week to review the season and Walsh says the business of black cards will be high on the agenda.

"We would obviously see that there's a bit of inconsistency in relation to the adaption of the black card and that's something we have to look at this week," he said. "We have pointed that out. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that.

"But over the last eight weeks we've had some tremendous games in hurling and football and I want to make the point that the referees contributed to that. They might not have got everything right but they enhanced them immensely."

Walsh rejected a suggestion from the Eugene McGee, the chairman of the group that introduced the black card, that referees weren't being forceful enough. "It has been successful in stamping out cynical fouling. The outcry is over the punishment," Walsh said.

He also believes the ground may be better now to introduce a sin bin instead of replacing a black-carded player. "There was an outcry the last time, mostly from the managers (concerning the sin-bin plan). I don't believe that would be there now."

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