Football white coloured card being introduced alongside red and yellow


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Football fans will be very familiar with the sight of red and yellow cards that have been a staple of the game since the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
But what may be a more unfamiliar sight to those who regularly watch the sport is that of a white card.
Initially used in a women's cup clash between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, it's second use was also in Portugal but this time in the fifth divivion.
While the two cards most seen are used by referees to punish players, this new third card is used for something quite different.


The white card provides immediate recognition for a positive act during a football match.
The initiative isn't widespread just yet and is currently consigned to Portugal, but it's part of a wider series of new introductions in football.

The card can be shown to recognise and encourage fair play and is designed to 'improve ethical value in the sport'.
The move is part of a new initiative in Portugal to encourage sides to act in a sporting manner and receive instant recognition for their positive actions.

Previously, former UEFA president Michel Platini had called for the introduction of a white card as a punishment for dissent, that would leave guilty players in a 10-minute sin-bin.

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