'There is a lot of tactical fouling going on'

March 04, 2024

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness. ©INPHO/Andrew Paton.

Jim McGuiness believes tactical fouling is a blight on the modern game.

Speaking to RTÉ after Donegal's win over Louth which edges them closer to a return to Division 1 of the Allianz Football League, the 2012 All-Ireland SFC winning explained: "We want to play transitional football. A lot of times it is not possible. There is a lot of tactical fouling going on, a lot of people slowing the game.

"I’m not sure if the officials are up to same level in terms of what the opposition teams are looking to do.

"If the game is to become faster in that way, then things like that need to be nipped the bud early on or else it continues on for the rest of the game.

"It’s difficult to progress the ball quickly, probably because of possession football. In possession football, you are pushing 13, 14, 15 players on. The counter-balance to that is that if you lose it then you are in big, big trouble, so you cannot allow a transitional moment.

"Even now when you do get the turnover, you’re probably not going to get up the field the way you want to get up the field because of that dynamic."

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