Sunday 21 January 2018

Connolly's take on black card incorrect

Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Diarmuid Connolly has joined what appears to be a lengthy list who are under the misapprehension that the introduction of the black card to Gaelic football was influenced by Seán Cavanagh's rugby-style tackle on Conor McManus late in the 2013 Tyrone-Monaghan All-Ireland quarter-final.

Never a man to avoid the opportunity to position himself as the centre of attention, Joe Brolly ranted about the foul on TV in what Connolly described on Monday as "some clown in an RTE studio throwing the toys out of the pram".

He seems to think that it had a bearing on the introduction of the black card in 2014, as indeed do many others, including some in the media who should know better. The black card sanction was proposed in late 2012 and written into rule for introduction in 2014 after being approved by Congress in March 2013.

That was five months before the Cavanagh-McManus incident occurred so claims that it led to the introduction of the black card are untrue.

It was on its way anyway.

Irish Independent

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