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The argument that 'hurling is fine' works off the nonsensical premise that its players never indulge in any form of cynicism

Martin Breheny


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'Even if the black-card sanction is introduced, it's unlikely to be used very often since hurling referees tend to ignore rules.' Photo: Sportsfile

'Even if the black-card sanction is introduced, it's unlikely to be used very often since hurling referees tend to ignore rules.' Photo: Sportsfile

'Even if the black-card sanction is introduced, it's unlikely to be used very often since hurling referees tend to ignore rules.' Photo: Sportsfile

Ten minutes from the end of the Kilkenny-Galway Leinster hurling round-robin game in UPMC Nowlan Park last June, Johnny Coen scored a goal which extended the visitors’ lead to six points.

It was their last score. Pinned into their defensive half for most of the closing stages, they conceded five points, four from TJ Reid frees. Crucially though, they gave away no goals and left with a one-point win.


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