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Changes made to advanced mark, no black card in hurling

The advanced mark has been amended ahead of this summer's All-Ireland Football Championship while Congress delegates have voted against the introduction of a black card in hurling.

A motion has been passed to allow defenders to tackle players who catch the ball in the small or large square and don't call for a mark. It received the backing of 90 percent of voters in Croke Park this morning.

The proposal to introduce a black card in hurling was heavily defeated - gaining just 18 percent support.

"We polled 1116 players from our championship squads. That's almost a 100 percent response rate. 89 percent of players were against this motion," argued former Limerick player and now GPA delegate Seamus Hickey.

Former GAA President Sean Kelly also spoke out against the black card:

"We should be slow to introduce something to hurling that isn't 100 percent satisfactory in football at the minute. We should take into account the views of the players."

While David Hassan of the playing rules committee had argued that a black card could help reduce cynical fouling:

"The presence of cynical deliberate fouling in hurling is well accepted. It seems to me that there are current and former managers and players who have come to the conclusion that cynical fouling is part of the game of hurling. Accepting that to be the case and then consciously not to decide to do something about that might seem contradictory in nature. As an Association we should be rewarding skill and skillful players."

A motion to award two-points for a score from a sideline cut in hurling also didn't receive the required support from delegates and a motion to extend club matches to 70 minutes was also voted down.

Dublin face playing two matches outside of Croke Park in the Super 8s after a motion passed to allow the C-C-C-C to decide on venues for neutral games.

And the new tier-two football competition will be called the "Tailteann Cup".

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