Thursday 19 April 2018

Horan fears 'anarchy' over black card views

Mayo manager James Horan
Mayo manager James Horan

Mayo manager James Horan has warned of the danger of "anarchy" attached to the introduction of the black card if interpretations by referees of what merits one continue to vary so much, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Horan was speaking after his side's FBD Connacht League draw against Sligo IT, a match that saw two of his players forced out of the game because of cynical fouls.

Horan stressed that he was still a supporter of the principle of a black card and dealing with the fouls covered by it.

But he feels the broad scope for interpretation between what is 'deliberate' and 'accidental' as defined by the rule will cause problems down the line: "I agree with the system overall, I think it's good.

"But the problem with it is the interpretation by referees; the two cards we got today were... it was incidental contact. Certainly the Kevin McLoughlin card.

"This whole deliberate (interpretation) and what one ref thinks is deliberate, the next one doesn't think is deliberate, it's crazy. There were three or four occasions that Sligo IT did much the same and it wasn't a black card, so you have no idea what's a black card and what isn't.

"It's based on a referee's opinion and when that's the case, anarchy follows. We don't want to be talking about black cards in the summer. We just need to be careful.

"I'll put in the caveat that I think it's a good system and hopefully after a review it will calm down and there will be more reliability to decisions."

Horan confirmed that Donie Buckley would be a team selector in 2014 and was adamant that it had been the case in 2013, too. The understanding was that Buckley's role was in a coaching capacity only. Horan has yet to decide whether to fill the vacancy left in his back-room team by the departure of James Nallen.

Irish Independent

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