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Update from Congress

By tyronepro Sat 23rd Mar

The annual GAA congress which took place in Derry this weekend has finished. Some of the main decisions of the day included:
1) The introduction of the black card for cynical fouling or abusive behaviour towards an official.
2) Motions to introduce the mark and clean pick-up were rejected.
3) A public clock will be now be used for all senior championship matches.
4) The proposal to extend all senior club matches to 70 minutes was rejected.
5) The proposal to increase branding on jerseys was passed. Now counties can have 2 sponsor on their jerseys.
6) The proposal to make GAA grounds available for one-off events such as the Rugby World Cup was passed.
7) Hurlers will now have to remove all helmets during the playing of the national anthem before games.
8) The motion proposing that teams for senior matches have to be announced to the media 4 days before the game was rejected.
9) Hawk-Eye will be used on a trial basis in Croke Park over a period decided by Central Council. Refs and umpires will be able to seek clarification on whether a ball went over the bar for a point or wide.
10) The motion to play the All Ireland football and hurling finals a week earlier was rejected.
11) A motion to change the format of the hurling championships was passed. More info here

By tyronepro Sat 23rd Mar

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