On Saturday, January 21, the referee Catarina Branco entered the historical past of the king of sports activities by changing into the primary referee to indicate a white card. Neither yellow nor purple. Within the cup match between Benfica and the ladies’s Sporting Lisbon (5-0), the Portuguese decide confirmed the peculiar cardboard that was established in Portugal just a few months in the past as a new initiative that goals to acknowledge the truthful play in soccer.
On this event, the docs of each groups have been “warned” by the referee on the sting of halftime after they shortly helped an individual who fainted in one of many two technical areas. The Estadio da Luz additionally wished to thank their assist and help and stood up giving a heat ovation to the medical help from Benfica and Sporting de Lisboa.
“Bettering the moral worth in sport” It’s the finish of this white card that represents a 360 diploma change within the reprimands of the referees who, from the 1970 World Cup till this previous Saturday, they solely had yellow and purple playing cards.
This new initiative to encourage groups to behave in a extra sporting method isn’t the primary time that these examples of resolutions have been taken under consideration. Now and with Portugal as a pioneer, the longer term is filled with unknowns with a purpose to see the appliance of this new white card in different main leagues.