New hurling proposals include replacing player on second yellow

Hurlers receiving a second yellow card, could be allowed a replacement, similar to the black card rule in football, after a wide ranging report by the GAA's Hurling 20/20 Committee was revealed at

New hurling proposals include replacing player on second yellow

By Cóilín Duffy

Hurlers receiving a second yellow card, could be allowed a replacement, similar to the black card rule in football, after a wide ranging report by the GAA's Hurling 20/20 Committee was revealed at

Croke Park this morning.

The Committee is headed by former Tipperary All-Ireland Hurling winning manager Liam Sheedy has outlined 15 proposals, after a wide-ranging consultation, with 4,000 participants in an online survey in addition to focus group meetings.

The new yellow card rule would kick-in, when a player has committed a second cautionable offence, rather than a cynical foul.

A second yellow card would be shown, while the referee would point to the sideline to indicate that the player can no longer take part in the game.

"I am delighted that we don't have cynical folding. Our game is very clean and is played in the correct spirit," Sheedy said.

"We feel that the game is best served with 15 on 15. With that in mind we've had some players who have had two yellows and moved to sideline.

"If you have had two yellows - hand goes up for second yellow and you are replaced."

A replacement will only be allowed if a team hasn't used up its limit of five substitutions.

Sheedy says that overall the report is about participation, and allowing more people to get involved.

"It is about participation and giving more people and giving more kids the opportunity to promote the game of hurling," he said.

"We'd love to see a great exposure of kids, of clubs and counties getting those experiences, because they have been life changing.

"There are places we need to protect the game. Some counties in a great space in 80's and 90's at the top table and now they are dropping off. We need to grow the game in other counties. We need to be open and honest."

As part of trying to grow the game it is envisaged that a full-time Director of Hurling role will be established, similar to the one held by Paudi Butler in the past.

GAA Congress on the 27 and 28 of February in Cavan will rule on two proposals involving changes to the fixtures structure.

The Christy Ring Cup winners would automatically take their place in the Liam MacCarthy Cup the following year under a new proposal, which would see the bottom team in the Leinster Round-Robin competition relegated.

Also it is proposed to remove all of the promotion/relegation playoffs involving teams in different divisions in the Allianz Hurling Leagues.

Other proposals a new Hurling referees Sub-Committee at National level, which would be decided on by new GAA President Aogan O Fearghail.

GAA President Liam Ó Neill is hoping the proposals will be debated fairly.

"It is fitting that we are launching this report on the Feast of the Epiphany," he said.

"To refuse to discuss change is to rule out the possibility of improvement and the epiphany is the sign of significant revolution.

"I would hope that the debate is fair, honest, open and focuses in on hurling. We will get disappointments. That's what democracy is about.

We hope that those who come to the decision forum be it Congress or Central Council will look at the game of hurling and not self-interests."

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