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Black card gets green light at GAA's Annual Congress

Updated: Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 16:56 | Comments

Referees will have the option of punishing footballers with a black card from the start of 2014
Referees will have the option of punishing footballers with a black card from the start of 2014

Over two-thirds of delegates at the GAA’s Annual Congress in Derry have voted in favour of a motion to introduce a black card system in Gaelic football.

Motion 4, which focuses on penalising fouls of a cynical nature, was passed by 70.82% of delegates.

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.

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