Referees discuss colour of Canning card

Inter-county referees met in Croke Park last night ahead of the start of this weekend’s Allianz Hurling League.

It is understood a number of incidents were brought to the attention of officials, including James McGrath’s decision not to send off Joe Canning in last Saturday’s All-Ireland club semi-final between Portumna and Na Piarsaigh in Thurles.

Canning, who admitted his altercation with David Dempsey was out of character, was shown a yellow card for the 21st minute foul in Thurles.

Pat McEnaney, the chairman of the national referees committee,believes there was an improvement in the standard of inter-county hurling last year compared to2012.

However, he maintains there are still too many red card offences that are going unpunished.


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