GAA Director General Páraic Duffy has called “serious” breaches of discipline to come with a lifetime ban.
“A player who strikes an opponent a deliberate foul blow off the ball, inflicting serious injury, deserves more than a 16-week suspension,” he said. “A much stiffer penalty would be more appropriate.
“I believe we should make more use of the rule which allows disciplinary committees to have due regard for the gravity of the infraction and to impose a penalty of up to 96 weeks or, in exceptionally serious cases, debarment from playing.”
Disciplinary issues are a major feature of Duffy’s annual report with him stating that “The average foul count is still far too high and these negative features remain in Gaelic football, which is detracting from the game for players and spectators.”
Duffy also lamented the failure of Congress to pass experimental rules; designed to help remove foul play from the game, but needing a two thirds majority to pass. Duffy has called on Congress to re-visit that 2009 proposal as a matter of urgency for gaelic football due to the fact that “football has not realised its potential as a game in the way that hurling has.”