Donegal have given the thumbs down to the black card rule and will be voting against its implementation at this weekend’s annual GAA Congress, which is being held in Derry.
This was confirmed by county chairman Sean Dunnion, last night as Donegal join Antrim, Down, Tyrone, Armagh, Fermanagh, Limerick, Cork and Westmeath who have all declared that they are voting against the proposal before Congress.
“We discussed it long and hard and there were mixed views on it but in the end we decided to vote against,” Sean Dunnion told the Democrat.
“We know where the Football Review Committee were coming from on the matter and what they are trying to achieve but we felt that it was just too big a change at this time.
“We just feel that while it might work at inter-county level we felt it was not on at club level at a time that clubs are struggling for numbers. We also felt that a third card would only lead to further confusion and anxiety among players and supporters and we feel there must be a better way of dealing with the problem such as improving the level of consistency in refereeing.”
The vote for the controversial motion is believed to be pretty close with Derry, Cavan, Dublin, Meath, Kerry, Longford and Wexford all coming out in favour of the change.
The black card is just one of number of new proposed playing rule changes that will go before Congress. Among them are the introduction of a clock and the advantage rule and the moving forward of the ball 30 metres by the referee in the event of dissent from a player.
Donegal are in favour of the introduction of the clock for games and they also favour the advantage rule. However, they are totally against the moving forward of the ball 30 metres with the chairman insisting that the move from 13 metres to 30 was too much.