Tuesday 20 March 2018

GAA propose introduction of 'black card' to stamp out cynical fouls

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE GAA will look to introduce 'black card' offences in a bid to stamp out some of the more cynical behaviour in Gaelic football for the 2014 season.

Following discussion between the Rules Advisory Committee and the Football Review Committee (FRC), a motion has been drawn up that will be put before Congress in Derry in March.

The proposed motion sees a new category of infractions introduced which is aimed at reducing cynical and deliberate fouling – whereby a player shown a black card would be replaced by a substitute.

The following fouls have been identified as black card offences:

1) To deliberatively pull down an opponent.

2) To deliberately trip an opponent with hand, arm or foot.

3) To deliberately body collide with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of the movement of play.

4) To use abusive or provocative language or gestures towards players.

5) To remonstrate in an aggressive manner with a match official.

The current yellow-card system would remain in place and other fouls deemed worthy of a caution are not affected by the proposed 'black card' rule.

Under the proposal, should a team pick up a fourth black card in a game, that player could not be replaced.


Three black cards or three double yellow cards for an individual in any one grade in the same year will lead to a one-match suspension, except where this would apply to an All-Ireland final.

In that case, a one-match suspension is carried forward to the subsequent match. The number of substitutions would also be raised from five to six.

The FRC originally proposed that a player found guilty of a yellow-card offence would be replaced for the remainder of the match, but it was thought that this would struggle to gain the required two-thirds majority at Congress.

In response to a query last night, a GAA source confirmed that in any scenario where a player who was on a yellow card subsequently committed a black card offence, the player in question would go off without being replaced. This again would tally with the FRC's stated desire to discourage cynical fouling.

If approved by Congress, the proposals would apply from January 1, 2014. l Good Counsel of New Ross are the South Leinster Colleges Junior Football champions after recording a 0-17 to 3-9 victory over Wexford neighbours St Peter's.

Irish Independent

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