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GAA pass controversial 'black card' rule


The GAA has passed the controversial 'Black Card' rule to deter cynical fouling in the game.

Motion 4 proposed that a new 'black card' be introduced to deal with a specific category of foul, relating to 'cynical behaviour' and was passed with a 82pc majority at the GAA Annual Congress in Derry today.

The motion proposes that an offender shown a black card would be ordered off the field, but would then be replaced by a substitute.

Delegates were shown three video examples of the offences that would earn a "black card"; tripping, pulling down and bodychecking.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle said it was a slight against referees to suggest that they couldn't handle the introduction of the new card.

Kettle was the first delegate from the floor to back the new proposals and urges the hurling fraternity not be concerned that these rules will be impinged on them.

He described cynicism as "a cancer on the game." 

CCCC Chairman Tony O'Keeffe said that the black card would be a lost opportunity if not voted for.

Offaly's Pat Teehan said that suggestions that the new black card would somehow adversely affect the game of hurling were people raising "a red herring".

Referees chief Pat McEnaney said that yellow cards were not a sufficient deterrent against cynical play.

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"the onus must be put back on the player, not the referee," he said.

Cork delegate Christy Ring jr was the only delegate to speak against the proposal stating that diving was a more serious issue for the association.

Tyrone chairman Ciaran McLaughlin said the existing rules are good enough.

The 'Black Card' will come into force from January 1, 2014.
Motions to introduce a mark in football and a clean pick-up were rejected.


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