GAA introduce new match-ban system

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
The GAA is introducing a new suspension system for this year’s Allianz League and the Senior Inter County Championships. A trial system of match bans will replace the current system of time-based suspensions, with one and two-game suspensions being introduced instead of the current four and eight-week suspensions. However, this new system will only relate to Category II and III infractions, with Category I, IV and V infractions remaining time-based. Category II offences include; striking or attempting to strike with arms, elbows, hands or knees, striking or attempting to strike with a hurley, with minimal force, kicking or attempting to kick, with minimal force, behaving in a way which is dangerous to an opponent, spitting at an opponent, contributing to a melee or abusive language towards a referee, umpire or sideline official. Category III offences include; striking or attempting to strike with the head, striking with hurley, either with force or causing injury, attempting to strike with hurley, with force, kicking, either with force or causing injury, attempting to kick, with force, stamping, inflicting injury recklessly or any type of assault on an opposing team official. Category II offences will incur a minimum one-match ban or a two-match ban for a repeat infraction, while Category III offences will carry a minimum two-match ban or a three-match ban for repeat offenders. The new system will see match bans incurred in the upcoming Allianz Leagues carried over to the Senior Inter-County Championships in 2012, if applicable. Match bans incurred in the Senior Inter-County Championships in 2012 may also be carried over to the Allianz Leagues in 2013. A Category I offence occurs when a player is sent off for a second cautionable infraction and the penalty remains debarment from playing for the remainder of the game, to include any extra-time or a two-week suspension for repeat offenders. Category IV offences relate to a minor physical interference (e.g. laying a hand on, pushing, pulling or jostling) with a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official, or aiming threatening language at a match official. A Category Iv offence carries a minimum 12-week suspension in all codes, with 24 weeks for a repeat infraction. The more serious Category V offence of striking or attempting to strike, or any type of assault on a referee, umpire, linesman or sideline official carries a minimum 48-week suspension in all codes and at all levels, with the offender’s team liable to disqualification, where appropriate. A repeat infraction of Category V carries a minimum 96-week ban.
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