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Black card may help rid hurling of cynical play, says McKaigue

 

By Michael Verney

Despite measures being taken to stamp out instances in the GAA, cynicism is still prevalent in both codes and Slaughtneil dual star Karl McKaigue has called on hurling chiefs to follow their football counterparts by introducing the black card.

McKaigue's request comes on the back of Slaughtneil's All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final defeat to Limerick's Na Piarsaigh last Saturday and two instances - one in either half - where he feels stricter punishment is needed to punish indiscretion.

Slaughtneil attacker Brendan Rodgers was dragged down en route to goal with Cormac O'Doherty smashing home the resultant penalty, while the attacker was later hauled down in rugby-style fashion by defender Niall Buckley when through on goal with the game in the balance.

O'Doherty tapped over the free but McKaigue feels the implementation of a black card may help deter such instances.

"He was also pulled down in the first half," McKaigue said when asked if a hurling black card is needed. "We got a penalty and scored it, but it was by no means a gimme that Cormac was going to score the penalty.

"That one in the second half was as blatant as you like. If it had have been a football game they would have been screaming for it. You feel hard done by because if Brendan was by that man, he was going to bury it.

"But cynicism is always going to be in games. It probably is creeping into hurling a wee bit more than it has been before. Possibly it is something for the hierarchy to look at."

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