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Congress Say Yes To Black Card

Mar. 25, 2013

At the Annual GAA Congress in Derry over the weekend the Motion on the 'Black Card' was passed and will come into effect from 1st January 2014.

The motion needed over two-thirds of delegates at Congress to vote in its favour and it received the necessary votes as it was giving 70.82% backing from the delegates.

The Motion focuses on penalising fouls of a cynical nature.

Players who incur black cards will have to be substituted, but teams who receive more than three black cards will not be allowed to introduce replacements.

Any player hit with a black card in three consecutive games will be served with a one-match ban.

The new rules will come in to force at the start of 2014.

Black card offences include:

1. Deliberatively pulling down an opponent.

2. Deliberately tripping an opponent.

3. Deliberately colliding with an opponent.

4. Using abusive or provocative gestures or language to players.

5. Arguing with match official in an aggressive manner


Some of the other more prominent proposals failed to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority:

Moving the ball forward by 30 metres for interfering with frees and the clean pick-up fell decisively short of the required 66% to be passed while the Mark for cleanly catching a kick-out at least 45 metres from goal came agonisingly close, falling one per cent short, at 65%-35%.




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