WE’VE all seen plenty of red and yellow cards being handed out on the football pitch, but what about white ones?
A referee in Portugal has used a white card for the first time, during a women’s cup match between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
Whereas yellow and red cards are used to warn or punish team members for bad behaviour, a white card is used to reward good deeds. In this case, the card was given to the teams’ medical staff rather than a player. A fan watching the game was taken ill, and staff from both teams rushed to help them. Referee Catarina Campos gave the historic white card to acknowledge the quick actions of the medics.
The cup match was important for two reasons. As well as the first white card, it saw a record attendance for a women’s football match in Portugal. The previous record was 14,221 but 15,032 fans showed up to watch the game, which Benfica won 5-0.
Right now, white cards are only used in Portugal, as part of an idea to encourage teams to act in a fair manner during games. We’ll have to wait to see if white cards get picked up by other countries.