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Committee scrap sin bin proposal due to concerns over more fouls


The proposal to 'sin bin' a Gaelic footballer who has picked up a second yellow card has been dropped by the committee charged with overseeing a raft of experiments in the game which are being put before Central Council next week.

A 10-minute sin-bin for black carded players will remain, however, in anticipation of approval, one of five proposals being put before the decision-making body.

Incorporating double yellow carded players in a sin bin, part of the original proposals published last month, proved contentious as it was quite a scaling down from the red card that currently applies.

Having had extensive consultation with managers, players, referees and refereeing development officials, the body charged with overseeing the experiments, the Standing Playing Rules Committee, concluded that it could lead to an increase in fouling.

Limiting the number of substitutes to five because of this change will be put before Central Council, but one of the other four has also undergone alteration.

Instead of requiring just two players from each team to be within the two 45s when a kick-out is being taken, a kick-out from the 20-metre line will just have to cross the 45-metre line.

The other three proposals, restricting handpasses to just three in succession, a requirement for all sideline kicks to go forward unless they are within 20 metres of either end line and a mark inside the 20-metre line, provided the kick has been taken from outside the 45-metre line which must be taken by the player who took it within 15 seconds, will all remain as originally envisaged.

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