The Chairperson of the National Referees Committee, Sean Walsh, believes the policing of the black card in Gaelic football needs to be better. 

With referees due to meet later this week to review the championship season, there is no doubt there will be much focus on the black card, given the amount the criticism is has been getting. 

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, Walsh said: "The black card was brought in for a purpose, for cynical fouling. I believe it has worked. The outcry only happens when the punishment is dished out. There will be no change to having a penalty for a cynical foul and a card being shown for it." 

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However, the Kerry native crucially added: "The black card needs to be policed a bit better. We have to make sure the referees are more consistent in adapting the rule.

"This will continue to be achieved through training programmes - we have them on a fortnightly basis right through the championship. Black cards have been missed and the referees know that themselves." 

When it was put to Walsh that the introduction of a sin bin might be a better option than removing and replacing a player for the reminder, he said: "When the sin bin was there I believe it was dispensed with too quickly.

"It might have been a better option for a punishment for something like the black card but you must remember the black card came later than the sin bin proposal. They were never in the same context together."

With referees constantly coming in for criticism, Walsh did praise their contribution to the fare served up in the latter stages of the 2016 championship.

"There has been lot of talk over the last number of weeks about the black card. What has been lost in the whole argument, however, are the tremendous games we've had in the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in both hurling and football.

"The referees have contributed to those games immensely. There was massive entertainment provided by the players. The referees also made a huge contribution and I think that has been lost in the whole debate over the last number of weeks."