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'Square-ball' rule in jeopardy

THE GAA may be about to overhaul the controversial "square-ball" rule after the Standing Rules committee recommended it be scrapped.

A new version of the law, which will be put to delegates at next April's annual congress, would allow players into the box before the ball except for when the ball is delivered from a free or sideline.

This current recommendation sees a return to the rule which was adopted for the 2010 National League, which was defeated at the 2010 congress.

The rule has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons with Kildare the side on the receiving end of some dodgy decisions.

In 2010, Benny Coulter's goal against the Lilywhites in the All-Ireland semi-final should not have stood, while Tomas O'Connor was wrongly judged in the square while scoring against Donegal in the August's All-Ireland quarter-final.