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Kerry's Stephen O'Brien loses his footing while under pressure from Tipperary's Ger Mulhaire during the Cadbury Munster U-21 Football semi-final at Semple Stadium last night

Kerry's Stephen O'Brien loses his footing while under pressure from Tipperary's Ger Mulhaire during the Cadbury Munster U-21 Football semi-final at Semple Stadium last night

Kerry's Stephen O'Brien loses his footing while under pressure from Tipperary's Ger Mulhaire during the Cadbury Munster U-21 Football semi-final at Semple Stadium last night

CROKE Park recently ditched a similar 'Fair Play' initiative but the Kerry County Board is now offering its clubs a €1,000 incentive to be on their best behaviour.

Kerry are going to keep a table of how well teams behave in all five divisions of their county football league. Teams are being given 100 points to start and will lose some every time they pick up dismissals or bookings.

"What good is winning a game if you do not treat people with respect and act in a sporting manner?" Kerry secretary Peter Twiss said. "This is especially important when you have young children going to matches; they have got to be shown by example how to behave.

"We are falling behind other codes in terms of respect and good behaviour," he said, adding that he hoped that Kerry's initiative "will provide a template for the rest of the country." The GAA abandoned a similar league experiment this year, apparently because it didn't have the desired effect.

Elsewhere, Navan and Portlaoise will host the Cadbury's Leinster U-21 football championship semi-finals on Wednesday (both 7.30). Westmeath take on Dublin in Portlaoise, and Offaly and Louth meet in Navan.

Irish Independent