Thursday 26 April 2018

Cynicism pops up in hurling too so why no black card?

'Hurling has its share of black arts (who would have thought that pulling an opponent's helmet would become an issue?) so why not have the black card sanction in the rules for use if required?' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Hurling has its share of black arts (who would have thought that pulling an opponent's helmet would become an issue?) so why not have the black card sanction in the rules for use if required?' Stock photo: Sportsfile

Karl McCaigue is correct - the 'black card' sanction should apply in hurling as well as football.

The Slaughtneil defender had a few specific axes to grind on this issue after their defeat by Na Piarsaigh in the All-Ireland club hurling semi-final last Saturday and, on a more general basis, his point is well-made too.

Hurling escaped the black card when it was introduced into football on the basis that it had fewer incidents of cynical fouling. Quite true, but it's not totally alien to hurling either and, when it does happen, the punishment should be dismissal - the same as in football.

Hurling people will argue that there's no need for it in their game, in which case they have nothing to fear. So why oppose its introduction?

Hurling has its share of black arts (who would have thought that pulling an opponent's helmet would become an issue?) so why not have the black card sanction in the rules for use if required?

Nobody would lose from its inclusion.

PS: The dismissal of Cillian and Diarmuid O'Connor during the Mayo-Galway game last Sunday has raised queries as to the last time two brothers were sent off in the same inter-county game.

I would be interested to hear of other similar cases.

The only one I can think of involved Derry and John 'Thorny' O'Shea, the Kerry brothers who were dismissed after separate incidents in the final ten minutes of the 1965 All-Ireland final clash with Galway.

Dismissals were quite rare back then but Mayo referee Mick Loftus, who went on to serve as GAA president in 1985-'88, sent off the Kerry pair in a game where Galway clinched the second leg of their All-Ireland three-in-a-row with a 0-12 to 0-9 win.

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