the referee drew a white card and the stadium burst into applause

the referee drew a white card and the stadium burst into applause
the referee drew a white card and the stadium burst into applause

Since 1970 FIFA World Cup football fans have become accustomed to the referee handing out yellow and red cards to players who have committed fouls.

But now he has another weapon in his arsenal – the white card.

The match between Benfica and Sporting on Saturday (January 21) saw the use of a white card for the first time in professional football.

It was shown at the end of the first half with the score 3-0 when medical staff from both clubs rushed to help one of the players who felt unwell on the bench.

The player felt bad at the end of the first half, and the medical camps united and tried to help her.

As a result of this action, the referee showed a never-before-seen white card to both medical teams, thus appreciating their professionalism.

The showing of the card was also welcomed by the spectators gathered at the Estadio da Luz stadium.

The white card is designed to assess fair play actions during matches to “enhance the ethical value of sport”.

It has so far only been introduced in Portugal, along with many recent FIFA initiatives.

The white card received mixed reactions on social media.

Many people commented with praise emojis, showing their appreciation for what the card represented.

But others could not understand the meaning of this gesture. One user replied: “It doesn’t really mean anything.”

It remains a Portuguese-only initiative for now, but it will be interesting to see how fans in other countries react to the white card.

The article is in Lithuanian

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