A white card has been issued for the first time in a football match in Portugal.
The card was displayed during Saturday’s Women’s Cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica as medics from both clubs rushed to help a fan who had fainted in the stands as Benfica scored in the first half. Duran had taken a 3-0 lead.
Referee Katrina Campos then showed cards to both teams.
The gesture recognizes and appreciates the actions of fair play.
Fans at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon could be heard cheering and applauding the decision.
The cards were introduced as part of Portugal’s national project for ethics in sports to encourage fair play and have been adopted by the Portuguese Football Federation.
So far only Portugal has adopted the white card.
They are in contrast to the yellow and red cards used to discipline players for misconduct.
Benfica won 5-0 to advance to the semi-finals.
The match also set a new attendance record for women’s football in Portugal, with 15,032 fans attending, breaking the previous record of 14,221 seen in May last year.
While the use of white cards in Saturday’s match was celebrated, it remains to be seen how the fans will react to their imposition if they are used more.
It comes after a FIFA directive added stoppage time at the end of each half to account for “unnatural wasted time” during the Qatar World Cup.
Stoppages were added for time-outs by players, treatment of injuries, prolonged goal celebrations, substitutions, VAR intervention and yellow or red cards.
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