Black Card gets approval

March 25, 2013

A proposal to introduce a ‘black card’ system in Gaelic football has surprisingly been approved by the GAA’s Annual Congress in Derry. The system will come into operation in January 2014 after delegates at the Congress passed the motion by 70.82% to 29.18%.

It had been felt it might struggle to get the required two-thirds majority with at least 6 of the 9 Ulster counties mandated to vote against with Munster counties Waterford, Limerick, Cork, Clare and Tipperary set to follow suit.

The proposed black card offences are:

1 Deliberatively pulling down an opponent

2 Deliberately tripping an opponent with hand, arm or foot

3 Deliberately colliding with an opponent after he has played the ball away or for the purpose of taking him out of the movement of play

4 Using abusive or provocative language or gestures to players

5 Remonstrating in an aggressive manner with a match official.

Players guilty of any of the above offences are to be shown the black card which would result in them having to be substituted.

However, if a team receives three black cards in a match, any subsequent cards would result in a player leaving the pitch with no replacement allowed.

Congress also voted to allow their grounds to be used in any Irish RFU bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 or 2027.

Delegates also gave their backing for a new structure for the Hurling Championship from 2014.

Motions to introduce a mark and clean pick-up in football were rejected.