The First Ever Green Card Was Awarded In Football For "Fair Play"

Aw, isn't that nice​

Over the weekend, whilst America was tearing itself to shreds, football was coming together in glorious harmony. The Serie B awarded Italy's first green card, a new initiative awarded for displaying fair play during the game.

Vicenza striker Cristian Galano received the award after admitting to the ref no defenders had touched his shot, after a corner had been incorrectly awarded. The decision was then changed to be a goal kick and all was well.

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Disappointingly and somewhat confusingly all the video footage of said green card giving doesn't actually show anything coming out the ref's pocket. This is because they haven't been physically distributed and instead recipients will be documented and the player with the most at season close will be rewarded. A bit like children with gold stars. 

The Serie B president Andrea Abodi explained the introduction of green cards was to improve the reputation of Italian football after the recent match-fixing scandal:

"It's a symbolic award. It could be something very simple. The important thing is to recognise it when a professional does something exemplary."

Whether you think it's a bit soft or not, it's nice to see the nice guys finally being rewarded in football. Are you listening Barcelona?