Thursday 22 February 2018

'I have no issue with black card' - Marc Ó Sé wants controversial rule applied correctly not abolished

Marc Ó Sé receiving a black card in the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone
Marc Ó Sé receiving a black card in the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kerry legend Marc Ó Sé has more reason than most to dislike the black card rule but he feels it should remain in place, if it is policed correctly.

The former Kingdom defender's last inter-county Championship start was ended prematurely when Ó Sé was given a black card for pulling down Tyrone's Conor McAliskey in the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final.

There have been a number of contentious black card decisions in the opening few weeks of Championship action and the clamour to scrap the rule has been growing louder but Ó Sé wants it to remain.

"Even though it helped slam the door on my own inter-county career, I have no issue with football's black card, " he wrote in his column in the Irish Daily Mail on Sunday.

"The championship is only just up and running and already we have seen an outcry, bot least over the decision to black card Monaghan's Kieran Hughes inside 10 minutes last Saturday night.

"There have been claims that his hand trip on a Fermanagh player was instinctive and not cynical, but how do you tell the difference?

"The following day, we saw Mayo's Cillian O'Connor commit a foot trip, in the process of doing a poor job of making it look accidental, and he gets away with it.

"And that's the core issue. It has to be applied to the letter of the law every time.

"Unfortunately that is not happening, but that is not reason enough to give up on a rule that has served our game better than it has been given credit for.

"And I say that as someone who never started a Championship game again after seeing black."

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