Daly opposes proposal to replace players who receive two yellow cards
But former Dublin manager supports move to one-versus-one penalty taking
Anthony Daly: “I think we have to trust our referees and make them better, not be giving out stupid bookings for stuff that I don’t think were yellow cards.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
The former Dublin and Clare manager heaped praised on the powerful Hurling 2020 committee who have proposed various changes for the game.
But he takes issue with their suggestion that a player who receives two yellow cards should be eligible to be replaced by a substitute.
The proposal will come before Congress late next month though some have claimed it rewards cynicism.
“I don’t think it will come in and I don’t think there’s a need for it, it’s the one thing I disagree with,” said Daly.
“I think we have to trust our referees and make them better, not be giving out stupid bookings for stuff that I don’t think were yellow cards.”
Daly, currently coaching Limerick’s underage players, said he has a problem generally with how hurling is refereed at different stages of the year.
The two-time All-Ireland winning Clare captain claimed big matches like the All-Ireland final are refereed differently.
“The stuff that’s let go on All-Ireland final day is just not let go in lesser games earlier on in the year,” Daly told Clare FM. “I can’t understand that for the life of me.
“I’d like it all refereed like the All-Ireland final, to be honest with you, where the ref has a bit of leeway and they trust him and let him get on with it and make his calls.”
“I think it makes sense,” he said. “It’s a fair auld shot from the 20-metre line to score. I saw TJ Reid sort of dismissing it.
“Fair play to TJ if he’s that confident. I think already there’s been a couple missed in the pre-season tournaments. I think the goalies are very confident at that distance now.
“It’s very seldom that a shot now from 20 yards beats a ’keeper. I know it’s a dead ball situation and he (the striker) has a bit more time and there will be a few experts that will be better than others at it. But I think it’s a good rule.”
Daly admitted he would have liked the Hurling 2020 committee to bring back the sin-bin which was previously on trial in the 2000s.
“I’m just surprised they didn’t take a look at that again.”