Sin bin to be introduced in hurling following GAA Congress vote

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The GAA has voted in favour of trialling sin bins in hurling. Picture : INPHO
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James Cox

The GAA has voted in favour of introducing sin bins in hurling, with the motion carried by 168-108 or 61-39 per cent.

Sin bins will be trialled in this year's intercounty hurling season, they are already in use in Gaelic Football.

For a sin bin and penalty in hurling, the offence will have to prevent a goal-scoring opportunity within the 20-metre line or its arc.

It will be for three specified offences: pulling down an opponent, tripping an opponent with the hand, arm, leg, foot or hurley or to use the hurley in a careless manner.

In football, a player will be sin binned for a black card offence which denies a goal-scoring opportunity.

The motion was proposed by former intercounty referee Willie Barrett. He said: “A contributing factor has been undoubtedly cynical play. In the 2020 championship we had goal scoring opportunities denied by cynical play in both football and hurling in the provincial championships and the All-Ireland series, including the hurling final.”

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Despite opposition from a number of delegates, motion 20 was passed.

 

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