Penalty after a cynical foul inside the 21m?

Firstly, I think the GAA are finally getting close to proper punishment for cynical play. Alas however the way its worded and what a lot of fans will think of a goal scoring oppurtunity as being right in front of the goal will confuse people even more.

The piece in question worded as “cynical foul committed inside the 20m line or semi-circle that denies a clear goal scoring opportunity, in either hurling or football, will result in a ten minute sin-bin for the offending player and a penalty for the attacking team”

Lets break it down:
"Cyncial foul committed inside the 20m line"
Most people will think of the small and large rectabgle regards the hot spots, when the reality is inside the 20m includes the entire width of the pitch from the goal to the 20m line, its a massive space and wait for the calls from everyone when a penalty is given just inside the sideline at the corner flag for a cyncial foul, being nonsense and/or harsh.
There will always be human error regards inside the 20m or not, so be it.

…or semi-circle…
In addition to the massive area above we have now agreed to make it bigger by the addition of the semi circle. why I dont know, its another variable that just isnt needed.

…that denies a clear goal scoring opportunity…
To me if you cynically foul inside the area(s) mentioned above, then it should be a penatly, end of.
When does a goal scoring oppurtuntiy accrue?
To me inside the 20m line should be deemed as goal scoring opportunity.
How does this affect advantage rule?
Again another variable that screams of (as I have said before) somebody on a committee wanting their wording included for no reason other than its their wording.

On all of the above, at least 10 variables are
Inside the 20m or not
Inside the semi circle or not
Cyncial or not
Clear Goal scoring opportunity or not
Goal Scoring oppurtuntiy or not

The proposed rule should have read
“cynical foul committed inside the 20m line, in either hurling or football, will result in a ten minute sin-bin for the offending player and a penalty for the attacking team”

There are only 4 variables there, inside the 20m or not, was it cynical or not.


Why do the GAA get so many things right and make a hames of stuff that is relatively obvious.
Why do they continue to treat hurling and football the same?
The results of votes maybe the same, but the playing rules vary quite a bit.
The have to take hurling proposals separetly to football ones, completely different set of rules, yet they persist with a one rule fits all scenario.

Finally when did the vote go from two thirds (66%) to three fifths (60%)? I assume in order to get more proposals over the line?

Low and behold the piece above only got 61% of the vote, so going by old majority it wouldnt have passed.

…and breathe!


I would change it from cynical to deliberate. And make it inside the 45.

I played and referreed hockey. They have had an equivalent rule for centuries. Penalty Corners not penalties. But same idea. Also applies to abusing the ref.

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You want a penalty award every time a foul I’d committed inside the 45 ?
That’s ludicrous.
Gaa only doing this for the armchair supporter that wants more goals. I’m hoping it does not play havoc with the game . There will be some score-lines in junior football