By Adebayo Williams
An attacker in the Italian Serie B, Cristian Galano, has been awarded football’s first ever green card. The card, unlike the yellow and red cards for caution, was awarded for fair play. Officials speaking for the Italian second tier announced the scheme at the beginning of the season and said that the player with the most green cards at the end of the season will receive a reward.
Serie B president Andrea Abodi admits that the cards are largely symbolic, but is eager to promote the Italian second division in a more positive light following the match fixing scandal that rocked the league at the beginning of the season.
“It’s a symbolic award,” Abodi said. “It could be something very simple. The important thing is to recognise it when a professional does something exemplary.”
“We think that football needs positive messages,” a Serie B spokesman added.
“This sport is too often embroiled in controversy that drives people away from the stadiums.”