Friday 20 April 2018

Black card will cause 'aggro', warns Tipp skipper

Tipperary hurling captain Shane McGrath
Tipperary hurling captain Shane McGrath

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY hurling captain Shane McGrath has predicted "aggro" in Gaelic football following the introduction of the black card at Congress last weekend.

McGrath's father John, known locally as 'Rocky', was one of the Tipperary delegates mandated to vote against the black card at the Association's annual think-tank in Derry.

But the Football Review Committee recommendation comfortably gained the two-thirds majority required, and it will come into force from January 1, 2014.

McGrath said: "I think it's going to cause a lot of aggro. I know that it was pushed through and a lot of people feel that this is the way forward with the cynical fouling and everything but I'm sure there are pros and cons."

McGrath (above) expressed his hope that the black card would not be introduced in hurling but he believes that the introduction of an official game-clock would be a welcome move.

He said: "I think the time clock is a great idea. For yourself mentally, when you're playing on the pitch you can look up at the time and you know yourself how long is left. Four minutes to half-time, we'll drive it on or whatever."

Irish Independent

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