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Thursday 12 December 2019

New rules to curb managers having a go at refs and naming dummy teams

Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody was charged with disrepute this season for criticising a referee. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody was charged with disrepute this season for criticising a referee. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Cliona Foley

The GAA has brought in a new rule to try to gag managers from criticising referees, and plans another to try to stop them releasing 'dummy teams'.

It has already decided to "withdraw sideline privileges" from team officials who make derogatory comments about referees before or after games.

A motion to Congress next year is designed to force managers to name a 26-man panel on the Thursday morning before games, with forfeiture of the game the punishment for any subsequent changes (apart from goalkeepers).

However that still won't stop managers naming dummy starting 15s or making late changes to them. The only thing it will stop is late, game-day inclusions to their panels.

Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody was threatened with suspension this season after being charged with 'disrepute' for criticising a referee but, on appeal, he got a verbal warning.

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