Bizarre moment when a referee waves a WHITE CARD for the first time EVER in a football match in Portugal
- A referee has made history in a match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica in Portugal
- The referee showed a white card for the first time in the history of the sport
- It’s part of introductions, including concussions and longer stoppage time
Fans reacted positively when a white card was shown for the first time in a football match on Saturday.
Red and yellow cards have been an integral part of the sport for decades, but supporters may be surprised to also hear about the introduction of a white card, along with several new football initiatives, including longer stoppage time and concussion replacements.
A referee waved it during a cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica in Lisbon in a bizarre incident.
A referee in Portugal made history by waving a white card for the first time ever in football
The official showed it (photo) during a cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica on Saturday
Shortly before half-time in the Taca de Portugal match – the Portuguese equivalent of the FA Cup – the referee showed the card as if she would have red or yellow, and was well received by the crowd at the Estadio da Luz.
Someone on a bench in the dugout had fallen ill and the medical staff of both teams quickly rushed to their aid.
And it was later revealed that the card was waved to acknowledge and greet the fair and ethical actions of the parties.
It came after someone in the dugout fell ill, with medical staff from both teams assisting them
And it was revealed that the referee waved it as an acknowledgment of their sporting behavior
And once it was settled, the referee pulled out the card and showed it to members of both sides’ medical teams, with fans applauding in a warm ovation.
The move is part of a new initiative in Portugal to encourage parties to act sportively and receive immediate recognition for their positive actions.
Benfica went on to win 5–0 to progress to the semi-finals of the competition, in front of 15,032 fans – a record number of women in Portugal.