Dublin and Westmeath only teams to avoid black card as 95 shown during Allianz football league

Five players were penalised by the black card over the course of the weekend.

Dublin and Westmeath were the only counties to escape censure.
Dublin and Westmeath were the only counties to escape censure.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

95 BLACK CARDS were brandished during the Allianz football league with Dublin and Westmeath the only teams to escape censure under the new disciplinary rules.

The weekend’s Croke Park final action brought an end to the league campaign with 118 games having being played since the commencement on February 1st.

There had been 90 black cards brandished across the four divisions by the end of the divisional stage of the league. None were shown during the Division 1 league semi-final double-header on April 13th before five players were penalised over the course of the weekend.

Tipperary’s Seamus Grogan, Monaghan’s Colin Walshe and Darren Hughes, Donegal’s Colm McFadden and Derry’s Oisin Duffy were the players in question. The Monaghan offences were the first time that Malachy O’Rourke’s side had received a black card in the league meaning Dublin and Westmeath are the cleanest teams in the country in relation to the new system.

The county-by-county breakdown is as follows:

  • 0 – Dublin, Westmeath.
  • 1 – Meath, Galway, Limerick.
  • 2 – Derry, Monaghan, Mayo, Armagh, Cavan, Leitrim, Tipperary, Clare, Roscommon, Laois.
  • 3 – Tipperary, Donegal, Tyrone, Kerry, Cork, Carlow.
  • 4 – Offaly, Fermanagh, Longford, Wexford, Louth, Waterford.
  • 5 – Kildare, Wicklow, London, Sligo.
  • 6 – Down, Antrim.

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Marty Duffy shows David Hyland a black card Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

While here’s the breakdown of at what stage during the game, the offences occurred:

  • 0-10 mins: 5
  • 10-20 mins: 8
  • 20-30 mins: 10
  • 30-40 mins: 12
  • 40-50 mins: 17
  • 50-60 mins: 13
  • 60-70 mins: 30

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