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McGuinness wary of card confusion

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness watches Sunday's PowerNI Dr McKenna Cup match against Monaghan from the MacCumhaill Park pressbox -  Andrew Paton/Presseye.com

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness watches Sunday's PowerNI Dr McKenna Cup match against Monaghan from the MacCumhaill Park pressbox - Andrew Paton/Presseye.com

  • by Alan Foley
 

Jim McGuinness believes implementing the recommendations of the Football Review Committee (FRC) regarding foul play could open a can of worms.

The FRC last week revealed their proposal, which would entail a player deemed guilty of a deliberate or cynical foul receiving a black card, meaning a compulsory substitution.

However, the Donegal manager insists in the current rule book of Gaelic games the definition of the tackle is still misunderstood so to introduce a black card would merely increase confusion.

“If the rules are implemented properly there is no problem with them,” he said. “If they’re going to make a distinction between a foul and a cynical foul then that’s a different matter. Again, you’re going back to the subjective view of a referee.

“It’s a very grey area and it’s one that would have to be very tightly drawn up first of all and every single referee in the country would have to have a very clear definition. Right now, we don’t have that definition in the tackle.”

With a lot of talk about the increasing level of cynicism creeping into football, McGuinness defended the All-Ireland champions’ policies when they don’t have the ball, insisting they strive to operate within the rules.

“Every single team is trying their best to win every single game,” he said. “The stakes are high but from our point of view, we look for turnovers. Because of that we’re probably involved in a lot of contacts during the game and, in my opinion, it’s down to the honesty of my players.

“They want to get there and they want to tackle. Sometimes they are mistimed and that’s the subjective view of the referee. But we coach to the rules and if the rules are to change then we will coach to them as well.”

 
 
 

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