New penalty rule should be scrapped for championship - Graham

June 22, 2021

Cavan manager Mickey Graham. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Cavan boss Mickey Graham reckons the lack of clarity around the penalty/sin bin rule should see it scrapped before the All-Ireland football championship starts this weekend.

The rule, which was brought in to combat cynical fouls, sees penalties awarded when a foul is deemed to have denied a goalscoring opportunity inside the 21 or the 'D’.

It was brought in at Congress this year and implemented at the start of the Allianz League.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Graham feels that there is still confusion over the new rule and said that it brings added pressure on match officials.

"There is no real clarity on it at the moment," said the Ulster SFC winning manager.

"I have seen a few of them during the league as well that were not awarded so there is a bit of misunderstanding of what it should mean.

"I think definitely for the championship it should be looked at and maybe look at it in the league again next year. It is a very strange one to be honest and it puts the referees in a very difficult spot as well.

"Teams have put in a huge effort and maybe get a penalty [against them] in the wrong or maybe gets a penalty. Definitely I think it will be a big talking point in the championship without a doubt and it could be one that could swing a game either way."

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