Former Armagh forward Steven McDonnell believes Gaelic games must kick the black card to touch and embrace the sin-bin once again after a summer riddled with confusion and controversy.

The 2002 All-Ireland winner said the black card is "ruining our games", and called for the return of the sin-bin, which was first trialled back in 2005 and again three years later.

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“The black card was brought in quite simply on the back of Sean Cavanagh’s tackle on Conor McManus [in the 2013 All-Ireland SFC quarter-final]," McDonnell told RTÉ 2fm's Game On.

"There had been cynical fouls in many big games beforehand but because of the nature of that foul and the timing of it in that game, and Joe Brolly’s rant about it as well, I believe that’s why it was brought in.

The sin-bin works in rugby because there’s a large amount of respect given to the referee and officials.

“I don’t blame the referees. Their  job is almost impossible as it is. How many field sports in the world use three cards?

“Eugene Magee [the former chairman of the Football Review Committee], if he thinks that it’s working then he’s living in cloud cuckoo land. There’s no doubt in my mind the black card does not work. It’s ruining our games."

The GAA first trialled the sin-bin in smaller pre-season competitions over 11 years ago, sending any yellow-carded players off for 10 minutes but allowing a substitute to replace them.

The rule was dropped before the league started but trialled again in 2008, this time tweaked so that a player sin-binned would not be replaced.

It failed to get voted into law, but McDonnell feels it needs to be reviewed once more.

“Maybe the sin-bin is something that was done away with too soon.

"I believe it’s something that can be implemented again and given a longer chance to see if it’s worthwhile, but certainly the current system and the current way of the black card, it’s not working whatsoever.

“The sin-bin works in rugby because there’s a large amount of respect given to the referee and officials.

"There’s very little respect shown to referees in Gaelic games because of the inconsistencies of some of their decisions."

Failing a return to the sin-bin, McDonnell suggested the officials share the load.

"If they want to improve the standard of refereeing, then why not take on an extra referee?" he asked.

"Trial that for the National League or whatever.

"Certainly to expect one man to make massive calls, like in the All-Ireland final at the weekend, is ridiculous, in an amateur sport in front of 82,000 people with millions watching, is ridiculous.”