Tuesday 17 September 2019

McHugh hits out at new rule

McHugh: “It is going to be chaos.” Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
McHugh: “It is going to be chaos.” Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Former Donegal footballer Martin McHugh has joined the growing chorus of criticism of the new three hand pass rule and branded it as "a mess".

"It is going to be chaos." McHugh told Highland Radio. And the All-Ireland winner claimed that "money" was behind a number of new changes.

The 1992 All-Ireland medal winner strongly questioned the value of the reduction in the number of hand passes to three.

And he called for the end of the provincial championships and the introduction of a nationwide Leagues system of eight groups of four teams.

He added that he was in favour of a second-tier competition where the bottom 16 teams could play for a "Paudie O'Shea Cup" on the same day as the All-Ireland final.

"What is the referee doing, counting three hand passes and not able to see other things going on in different areas. The crowd will be giving out and this time I think they have really made a mess."

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