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Published: 10:06 | 13/10/16

Black card here to stay

The black card is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail has warned.

The black card was introduced in 2014 with a view to reducing cynical play, but it has come in for much criticism with many believing it has increased the pressure on referees.

The rule came under the spotlight once again during the recent All-Ireland SFC final and replay between Dublin and Mayo after Jonny Cooper and Lee Keegan were both black-carded, resulting in calls for it be done away with.

Ó Fearghail, however, has made it clear that the black card is here to stay until 2020 at the earliest.

"With regards to the abolition of the black card - no; 2020 is the next Congress that we have when we change playing rules," Ó Fearghail said.

"In some quarters there's a backlash against it but you get that in everything in the GAA. The black card is there and a part of our rules, and I don't see it being dispensed of because of one or two incidents, or even more incidents.

"There is an onus on us to make sure that whatever rules we have are well implemented. I accept that some of the commentary with the black card is fair, and that we have to make sure that it is properly implemented. There have been some calls that were a little dubious and we need to improve that.”

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