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'The game is absolutely fine so leave it alone, please!' | Kiely urges against sin bin

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

05:21 2 Feb 2020

Limerick hurling manager John Kiely has expressed his emphatic opposition to the potential introduction of a sin bin in hurling.

The Examiner reported last week that the 10-minute black card punishment could be extended to hurling as soon as this year's Championship.

Speaking after his side's 1-19 to 0-14 over Limerick at LIT Gaelic Grounds, Kiely denied outright that the sport needed any rule changes, rolling his eyes to heaven when asked about the sin bin arriving into hurling.

"No. No way. The game is fine, the game is fine lads," the 2018 All-Ireland winning manager told a pool of reporters.

"The game is absolutely 100 percent fine. There is nobody giving out about the game really apart from one or two who are going to be giving out anyways.

"So, I think the game is fine so leave it alone, please."

The black card is one of a number of proposals the standing playing rules committee has referred to Central Council, with a decision from Council expected next week.

If endorsed at Central Council the rule change will be put on the Clár at Annual Congress on February 29th.

The black card was introduced into football in 2014 to deal with cynical fouls while threatening or abusive language is also punishable under the rule.

On the victory over Galway itself, Kiely said it was a big improvement on last week's fightback against Tipperary.

"All told I thought we worked the ball way, way better. Our intensity levels were way higher than what they were last week in the first half. We needed to get a full 70-minute performance in this week. We were very disappointed last week and we got it today so we will try and build on that now in the weeks ahead.

"I thought we could have had another four or five scores in the first half, it just broke down at times. They put a very high press on us and made it really difficult for us to work the ball out of our defense but that created a little bit of space for us once we did get out."


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