The old cliché about there being no cynicism in hurling is laughable these days but two Sunday Game panelists believe there is still no need to introduce the black card to the game.

The rule to prevent deliberate cynical foul play was brought into football back in 2014 and resulted in increased scoring and less off-the-ball fouling although a number of high-profile incidents led to criticism. 

In February of this year, GAA Congress voted overwhelmingly against a motion to introduce the black card to hurling. 

And now an incident in Dublin's win over Laois on Saturday night has raised the topic again.

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe used his hurl to trip an advancing Paddy Purcell as he traced his way toward the goal during the Leinster SHC clash.

Subtlety went out the window as the Dubs captain blatantly scythed down his opponent, making no attempt at a fair challenge.

"The fear we have in hurling is that the black card is going to come in now, if we see too much more of that it's going to happen," said former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins. 

"There was no need for Sutcliffe to do it. You can see that there are two Dublin defenders in the way, it wasn’t that Paddy Purcell was going to go straight down for a goal or anything like that.

"We just need to be careful that when we are playing the game that we don’t do too much of that because if we see a lot more of that the calls for the black card are going to come, something I certainly don’t want to see in the game but that kind of thing just can’t happen, unfortunately.

"There are flashpoints of [cynicism in the sport].

"Normally, what happens is the corner-forward rounds a defender eight or nine yards from the goal, he gives him a tug of the jersey or the shorts but that’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen a hurley-trip."

Galway’s 2017 All-Ireland-winning manager Micheál Donoghue agreed with Cummins.

"In fairness to him he probably thought there was a goal threat on," he said.

"It’s grand when you reflect back and we’ve the hindsight to see that there were two further Dublin defenders there that would have helped him.

"It was cynical but it is something we don’t want to see creeping in to the game."