Strange As Referee Issues White Card In Portuguese Football Match

A white card has been issued for the first time in a football match in Portugal.

The card was shown during a women’s cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica after medical staff from both clubs rushed to help a fan who had fainted in the stands as Benfica led 3-0 during the first half.

Referee Catarina Campos then showed the card to both teams.

The gesture recognises and praises acts of fair play.

Fans at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon were heard cheering and applauding the decision.

The cards were introduced as part of an initiative of Portugal’s National Plan for Ethics in Sport to encourage fair play and have been adopted by the Portuguese Football Federation.

So far only Portugal has adopted the white card.

They contrast yellow and red cards which are used to discipline players for misconduct.

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