Monday 18 December 2017

Card count is one-sided

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

It's official -- hurlers are more disciplined than footballers, writes Martin Breheny.

Either that or football referees are harder on players than their hurling counterparts. Then again, it could be a case of better-defined rules making life easier for players and refs in hurling.

Figures released by the GAA for the first two rounds of the National Leagues show that twice as many footballers as hurlers were sent off while football also had 43pc more yellow cards.

Eleven footballers were dismissed and 218 were booked in football, compared with five red and 152 yellow cards in hurling.

Tyrone were the 'bad boys' of football in the first two rounds, being hit by four red and four yellow cards. Kerry, Fermanagh, Tipperary, Derry, Mayo and Cork had one red card each while the others escaped with none.

However, Carlow (11), Louth (11), Galway (10), Roscommon (10), Kildare (9) and Cork (8) were high on yellow cards, leaving them just ahead of Tyrone at the bottom of football's Fair Play Index. Limerick, Kilkenny, Laois, London, Wexford, Offaly and Cavan top the table for the fewest cards.

In hurling, Down, Tyrone, Cavan and South Down were the only counties to have players sent off so far with South Down bottom of the table with seven bookings.

Laois top the table with no cards after one game and the Fair Play Index will continue until the next round of the leagues, after which counties with the best disciplinary record in both codes will be awarded €10,000 each.

Irish Independent

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