GAA abandons 'black book'

The GAA has today confirmed that the practice of referees showing the black book to players for ‘noting/ticking’ infractions will stopped with immediate effect.

In future, referees will inform a player who has committed a noting/ticking infraction that his number has been recorded and that a repeat offence will earn the player in question a yellow card.

This is a procedural change in the recording process and is not a change to rule.

The new procedure will apply at all grades of play with immediate effect and follows consultation with Coiste na Réiteoirí.

The only change arising from this decision is that referees will no longer display the black book to players, meaning play will no longer be stopped to allow for this.

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