The Black Card, designed to punish cynical fouling the GAA, has been given the backing of GAA National Congress in Derry today (Saturday).
The motion was passed by greater than the two thirds majority needed. A total of 71 per cent of delegates backed the motion, which will be introduced on Janjuary 1, 2014.
The Black Card, when used, for what will be deemed deliberate fouling, will mean that the offender will have to leave the field and be replaced. It will mean that there will be three cards - the yellow, black and red.
Delegates were shown three video examples of the offences that would earn a “black card”; tripping, pulling down and bodychecking.
The Donegal delegates at Congress voted against the Black Card.
Other motions to bring in the clean pick up off the ground, the ‘mark’ and moving the ball forward 30 metres instead of 13 for dissent did not receive the necessary support.