20 December 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Football Review Committee report was unveiled at a special briefing in Croke Park last weekend. by JOHN GRAHAM
he committee received more than 4,000 submissions and with over 70% backing for the proposals they have made, the Football Review Committee took some six months to complete their work with the report unveiled at a special briefing in Croke Park last weekend. “This is the Association speaking,” said Ard Stiurthoir CLG, Paraic Duffy when speaking at the launch while Uachtaran Liam O’Neill felt it was “the most extensive trawl ever undertaken by any organisation”.
The general feeling is that the proposals the committee has made are practical and achievable and by not going for anything too drastic the proposals have a much better opportunity of being accepted although as some would require changes to Rules in the Official Guide, those ones will have to go to Congress.
It has to be said though that some of the proposals are not new. Many of the proposals have had outings at previous GAA Congress gatherings before.
There have been calls for an advantage rule to be introduced and the substitution of players who pick up yellow cards has been tried before, as was the Mark, although the accumulation of yellow cards leading to a suspension has been talked about, nothing was done to further the idea, but it could have a difficult passage.
The proposals regarding yellow cards are seeking to punish the serial offenders and if the FRC’s suggestion is approved by next year’s Congress then from 2014 any player who collects three yellow cards in a season would have to serve a two match ban. This report is in fact the first of two that will be issued by the committee, the second report on Competition Structures will be issued early in the New Year, is based on the thoughts of some 4000 people who made submissions to the FRC and its chairman Eugene McGee.
In launching the report Eugene McGee was adamant that “one of the big things that annoyed people was cynical fouling, particularly those players and teams who foul as a tactic to slow the game down or to prevent the opposition moving forward, which is very common today”.
He went on to say that the proposed changes would make the game more attractive and that GAA people have to be aware of that, as they are fighting for the hearts and minds of the young boys and girls whose interest is also being coveted by rugby and soccer.
In general inter county football was regarded as “good or very good” by the majority of those who made submissions but he went on to explain that one of the most upsetting results of …

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