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Proposal to tackle racism to be debated

GAA referees could soon be empowered to brandish red cards if they witness or hear racist abuse during a match.

Next month's GAA Congress will debate a motion from the Standing Committee on Playing Rules proposing that racist offences can be dealt with by the referee on the day and graded a category four infraction.

The motion specifies "an act by deed, word or gesture of a racist, sectarian or anti-inclusion/diversity nature against an opponent". The perpetrator would face a minimum eight-week suspension for misconduct considered to have discredited the association.



"There was a certain level of criticism last year from Wexford and so on that there needed to be a rule to allow the referee to take action and I think this is a response to that," explained GAA director general Páraic Duffy yesterday.

"If the referee is aware of an incident on the pitch, he can take action at the time rather than wait until the game is over, put in a report and start the whole process. It is a more instant reaction to a serious incident."

Other motions set to appear on the Congress agenda include a Connacht Council proposal barring the sponsorship of all U18 teams by alcohol companies or the displaying of logos advertising alcohol companies, pubs or off-licences for U18 teams.

Another motion would see match bans extended to club and all inter-county levels, while the so-called 'Anthony Nash' motion – seeking to prevent players deliberately advancing the sliotar before striking a free or penalty – will also appear on the Clár.



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