Tom Ryan wants black card in hurling to be seriously considered
By John Harrington
GAA Ard Stiúrthóir, Tom Ryan, believes it is time to give serious consideration again to the introduction of a black card in hurling.
A motion to introduce that deterrent was heavily defeated at GAA Annual Congress 2020.
But the pattern of cynical fouling that was subsequently apparent in the 2020 All-Ireland SHC has strengthen calls once again for the introduction of a black card.
“It is absolutely essential that we do not allow a situation to evolve (or persist) whereby it pays to engage in foul play,” said Ryan in his 2020 Annual Report.
“Sanctions have to be enshrined so as to bring about a change in approach on the field.
“I know that there is a counter argument that says we don’t need black cards and such in hurling. I’m not deaf to that point of view, and I know that was the consensus in previous years, but I do think the time has come to give it serious consideration again.
“Not just as a response to specific matches or fouls…more because that is our ongoing responsibility. In some respects the time to take action is when a trend emerges that needs to be reversed, not later when more drastic remedial action might be needed.”