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Congress to discuss introduction of orange card

THE GAA is considering introducing an orange card with the matter set to be discussed at a Special Congress later this year.

It is still hoped that delegates will be able to attend the event in person but, if not, the issue is sure to cause debate virtually.

The card will be shown specifically for tripping offences, and the punishment will see the offender having to move into nets for a five-minute period.

Teams will not be allowed to make a substitution at this time, meaning that goalkeepers will have to spend five minutes outfield if their team picks up an orange card. Proposers of the new rule believe that this will have the added advantage of allowing goalkeepers to further their skillset.

In the current rules, any player can take a kick or puck-out, but it is believed that goalkeepers will be prohibited from doing so if they are forced outfield.

Alister Shinto, from the Lila of Pros club in Munster, who is bringing the issue to Congress, explained his reasoning for the decision.

“The black card has been a roaring success and I feel that we are in a period of change now,” he said.

“Speaking to Kerry and Cork people, and all around Munster, they feel that Ulster teams in particular have had to curtail their cynical play due to black cards.

“My belief is that this orange card will only further than and we can get back to the good old days when Kerry and Dublin and other footballing teams were swatting aside Ulster teams in All-Ireland semi-finals.”

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