As football fans we are all too aware of how a red card can change the flow of a game and how yellow cards can often spend more time in the referee’s hand then pocket.
This could all be changing soon, though, with the introduction of the green card.
According to Italian newspaper La Stampa - and brought to our attention by the Daily Mail - the Italian Football Federation is looking to introduce green cards into the league shortly.
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The green card system has been trialled at youth level and will be used to recognise acts of good sportsmanship on the pitch.
There are no plans as of yet to reward green cards, but the Italian Football Federation could run a sportsmanship table to recognise a player’s good behaviour.
Premier League should consider green cards
Would this system work in the Premier League?
Personally, I would like to see unsportsmanlike behaviour such as diving and other professional fouls more severely punished.
I believe a system to penalise offenders after the game for a decision that may have been missed or misconstrued by a referee should be far higher the FA’s agenda than a system that is introduced to reward players simply for doing the right thing.