Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan receives a yellow card from referee David Gough at the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final phase one match against Cork on July 13th. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

David Gough walked into a storm a couple of weeks ago when his imminent appointment as the referee for Sunday’s All-Ireland final became a matter of p(...)

Dublin’s Brian Fenton contests an aerial ball with Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh  during this year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Still nothing stirs football debate quicker than rule changes. Once the GAA’s Standing Committee on the Playing Rules issued their five mildly radica(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly confronts linesman Ciaran Branagan at the Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Carlow at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, last Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly found himself – not for the first time – at the nexus between problems for the Dublin footballers and the GAA’s disciplinary system.(...)

David Gough: “I understand the GAA’s viewpoint. I completely understand it. There has been no fall-out between me and the powers-that-be in the GAA over it.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On Saturday night referee David Gough managed to distribute the free count between Dublin and Tyrone 7-25 and yet – apart from a couple queries from J(...)

John Prenty says that allowing the replacement of a player who has received two yellow cards would be a virtual incentive to foul. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht secretary John Prenty has criticised proposals of the Hurling 2020 committee to reduce the punishment for a second yellow card in hurling and(...)

Wexford’s Brian White was the first referee to benefit from the new dispensation when he was appointed to take charge of the Kerry-Galway All-Ireland football final replay in 2000. Photograph: Inpho

The caricature is that the GAA love replays and that referees are well-regarded if they can ensure a big championship match is level after 70 minutes.(...)

Dublin manager Jim Gavin  at Dublin’s press morning ahead of their Leinster quarter-final meeting with Laois on Sunday week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With storms of criticism threatening to drench the championship’s football referees before we’ve even made it as far as June, Dublin manager Jim Gavi(...)

Škoda Ireland have announced the extension of their sponsorship of Tipperary GAA by another year, bringing their investment over the four-year partnership to €800,000. To mark the deal, the new 2014 Tipperary GAA strip was unveiled at Croke Park yesterday, modelled by player Brendan Maher. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The initiative to play the Ó Fiaich Cup tournament under the new “black card” disciplinary rules came from the managers of the county teams involved a(...)

The intoduction of the black card for cynical fouls is one  of the major changes in the rule book.

The GAA must give its “full backing” to the new football rules coming into force in January 2014, according to one of the senior referees involved in (...)

A view of the top table at GAA annual congress in Derry. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

It was like the old post-match cliché. Saturday’s momentous debate at the GAA’s annual congress in Derry eventually went to the side that seeme(...)

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