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Hurling does not need a black card, claims Murphy

Former Cats defender adamant that small-ball code does not have a problem with cynicism

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Paul Murphy during his playing days with the Kilkenny hurlers. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Paul Murphy during his playing days with the Kilkenny hurlers. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Paul Murphy during his playing days with the Kilkenny hurlers. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Retired Kilkenny star Paul Murphy is adamant that hurling does not have a cynicism problem and the four-time All Star defender believes the introduction of a black card is not warranted.

Murphy feels the use of a black card in hurling, which was overwhelmingly defeated at last year’s Congress but is on the agenda once again later this month, would “dilute the game too much”, and the four-time All-Ireland winner is against its introduction.

“I don’t see cynicism in hurling across the board. What I do think people are giving out about is if there’s a player in the 65th minute running through on goal and someone drags him down,” Murphy told the Irish Independent.

“So we want to bring in a black card to get rid of that, a black card won’t get rid of that because that’s going to happen regardless. If it’s the 65th minute and Patrick Horgan is running through on goal and you’re up by two points, he’s getting pulled down.

“That will happen whether there’s a red card on the line or a black card or whatever.

“Does the solution of a black card get rid of it? No, it doesn’t. I don’t see a problem and I think it would dilute it too much.

“I don’t see a black card coming into hurling solving the problems as far as I’m concerned.”

Meanwhile, Waterford hurling stalwart Kevin Moran intends to soldier on with the Déise for a 16th season having committed to Liam Cahill’s squad once again for 2021.

Former captain Moran, who turns 34 in March, has signed up for another year in the wake of their All-Ireland final defeat to Limerick in December with the two-time All Star keen to carry on as they chase Liam MacCarthy once again.

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