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'I don't think there's that much cynical fouling in hurling' - Holden

 

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Kilkenny’s Joey Holden. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kilkenny’s Joey Holden. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Kilkenny’s Joey Holden. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kilkenny defender Joey Holden insists there's "no need" for a black card in hurling.

A motion to Congress at the end of the month will ask delegates to vote on whether the small ball game should follow football's lead and introduce the ten-minute, sin-bin penalty for cynical play.

However, the Kilkenny and Ballyhale All-Ireland winner insists its introduction wouldn't be warranted as incidents of cynical play are infrequent in hurling.

"I don't think it would work, personally," said Holden, who helped Ballyhale Shamrocks to back-to-back All-Ireland club titles last month.

"I don't think there's a need for it. Are they talking about a black card with a sin-bin, 10 minutes? I don't think there's that much cynical fouling in hurling, to be honest, that I see anyway."

Holden believes the move would give attackers an unfair advantage.

"What does a forward expect?" Holden replied when asked if he thought a yellow card sanction was sufficient for pulling down a player who was through on goal.

"I know they want to get through on goal but we're defenders, we have to stop them. You can't just… if you go down this road you're ruling out the art of defending which is as important as the forward's role in scoring, I believe.

"The game of hurling is for everyone," he continued.

"You have goalkeepers who are skilful, you have defenders who are skilful and you have forwards who are skilful. Rewarding one area doesn't succeed another area of the game. I think it's just fair for all."

Irish Independent