The rules in the GAA are a constant debate and one of the biggest topics is the tackles and offences on the pitch and the punishment that follows.
Cynical fouling has always been part of sport not only in the GAA, but it had been an ever increasing problem which the Association had to solve. Back in 2012 when Tyrone faced Monaghan Sean Cavanagh as it has been well documented by now made one of the most blatant tackles to stop an opponent from scoring as Conor McManus went through on goal. It was this tackle that brought great debate to solving the worrying sight of cynical fouling.
The black card was brought in by the GAA to solve this issue however questions still loom about the use of it and whether or not it has helped the issue. One of the big problems with the black card is the consistency of its use, there have been many games where cynical fouling was done but not punished. Other issues are about the fouls committed that should receive black cards.
The card has divided opinion on whether or not it should be kept and this week one man who was part of the Football Review Committee that brought in the third card is former Roscommon footballer Paul Earley who feels the number of offences meriting black cards should be increased and that the punishment should be more severe.
Speaking to the Irish Times Earley believes there has been an improvement made in the third man tackle but feels jersey tugging and players being pulled back should be giving the same punishment. If a player picks up two black cards in a season the Roscommon man feels the player should serve a one match suspension also.