On Saturday, January 21, the referee Catarina Branco entered the history of the king of sports by becoming the first referee to show a white card. Neither yellow nor red. In the cup match between Benfica and the women’s Sporting Lisbon (5-0), the Portuguese judge showed the peculiar cardboard that was established in Portugal a few months ago as a new initiative that aims to recognize the fair play in soccer.
On this occasion, the doctors of both teams were “warned” by the referee on the edge of halftime after they quickly helped a person who fainted in one of the two technical areas. The Estadio da Luz also wanted to thank their help and support and stood up giving a warm ovation to the medical assistance from Benfica and Sporting de Lisboa.
“Improving the ethical value in sport” It is the end of this white card that represents a 360 degree change in the reprimands of the referees who, from the 1970 World Cup until this past Saturday, they only had yellow and red cards.
This new initiative to encourage teams to act in a more sporting manner is not the first time that these examples of resolutions have been taken into account. Now and with Portugal as a pioneer, the future is full of unknowns in order to see the application of this new white card in other major leagues.
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