The referee issued a white card last Saturday for the first time in football history. This is during the Portuguese Women’s Cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.
A person fell ill on a bench and needed medical help. Her medical personnel came to treat her as soon as they became aware of her situation.
Judge Catalina Campos noticed the behavior and ran to the medical worker to show her a rare white card.The action ended with applause from the public.
The first white card in soccer history!
Benfica and Sporting’s women’s medical team won the award for helping a sick fan in the stands.
White cards indicate fair play and are part of a series of new introductions to football.pic.twitter.com/Mf9QiuOFD8
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Unlike the familiar red and yellow cards, the white card is recognized and Promote “fair play” during matches. The iconic gesture premiered in front of 15,000 fans.
For the first time in football history, the referee showed a white card. I agree. neither red nor yellow. Shining white like the snow of the mountains. The event, the women’s classic Benfica vs. Sporting de Lisboa in Portugal, could stay here. International media reported because it has a noble purpose and needs to promote value in these times.
The new cards do not imply punishment or tarnish a player’s record on the pitch, but are intended to emphasize and publicly acknowledge fair play during matches. This is to “enhance the ethical values in sport”.
For this reason, match judge Catarina Campos had the honor of giving the first awards.
When Sporting were kept clean by three goals in the 44th minute of the first half, medics rushed to help someone on the bench with health problems.
After seeing the emergency resolved, Campos ran in the direction of the doctor. He took a card out of his shirt pocket, “painted” the person concerned white, and pointed it out with the same technical gesture and rigor as he would for a red card. This provoked a standing ovation from 15,000 people in public, praising the good deed and initiative.
At present, it is not approved for use in competitions such as the Premier League, but it has already been approved by the general public as a “white march” in professional games.