Time for the GAA to tackle the tackle laws

Changing tactics have made a nonsense of Gaelic football's tackle rules, leading to professional fouls, heavy contact and frequently a toxic atmosphere on the pitch, writes Tom McGurk.

10th August, 2013
Monaghan's Conor McManus is dragged down by Sean Cavanagh and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone at last week's All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park. Photo: Inpho

Last Saturday, GAA pundit Joe Brolly created a lot of fuss with his outburst about professional fouling in Gaelic football. Now that it has abated somewhat, it is worth examining the significance of what he was saying. Essentially, Brolly was outraged at the extent to which a blatant professional foul to prevent an opponent scoring has become a familiar, and seemingly-accepted, part of the modern game.

Brolly's rage was about where the game's standards have...

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