Friday 23 February 2018

FRC’s black-card proposal hanging by a thread as ‘no’ vote grows

Eugene McGee
Eugene McGee
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Football Review Committee's plans to introduce a black card were hanging by a knife edge as more counties declared their hands ahead of the Congress in Derry this weekend.

Tipperary joined Cork and Limerick in their rejection of the concept in Munster while the overwhelming feeling in Clare was that they should also oppose its introduction to Gaelic football.

Armagh became the fifth Ulster county to reject the black card proposal, joining Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Fermanagh who said 'no' last week

With Westmeath also opposed to the black card that brings the number of mandated delegates against the main FRC proposal to 75, including Clare who will leave the final decision to their delegation.

With Kilkenny, Waterford and possibly Donegal also likely to be in opposition it brings the black card concept close to defeat. Opponents need just one third of the approximate 330 votes to retain the status quo.

But there was better news for the FRC -- chaired by Eugene McGee (pictured) -- with Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Wexford and Cavan all giving firm support to most of the FRC proposals.

Dublin's 10 Congress votes will only support four of the five offences however as they say no to making abusive or provocative gestures to an opponent or team mate a black card offence. Significantly, Dublin will oppose bringing forward a ball by 30 metres instead of 13 for obstructing a free taker or dissent, the clean lift off the ground and universal 70 minute game but will support the mark and the advantage rule.

Proponents of the black can count on further support from Kerry, Longford and most likely Meath and Laois who discuss the proposals at executive level tonight. Monaghan and Offaly are among those also expected to says yes.

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