Friday 15 December 2017

Trialling black card rule would have created ‘licence to kill’, says McGee

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE Football Review Committee opted against trialling their proposed rule changes on an experimental basis because they felt that apart from being unnecessary, it would provide opposition with a "license to kill" the various measures.

"All the proposals are clear-cut. It's easy to see what impact they will have without running them over an experimental period. In the past, that has given those who are opposed to change a license to kill," said FRC chairman, Eugene McGee.

He was responding to comments from former All-Ireland-winning managers, John O'Mahony and Pete McGrath who expressed regret that the FRC proposals would not be trialled before being voted on.

Instead, they will go before Congress in Derry next April and, if accepted, will be introduced in January 2014. The 'black card' proposal, which calls for a player to be dismissed (sub allowed) for any of five specific fouls is by far the most controversial measure in the extensive package.

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