Referee Shows First Ever Green Card During World Football Cup Game

Green card shown by a referee

The first ever green card in football history has been shown by a referee during the Conifa World Football Cup in London.

According to Sun UK, the "intermidiate disciplinary measure" was brandished twice during Padania vs Tuvalu during this weekend's tournament.

The competition, played between non-Fifa affiliated international teams, made a little bit of history with the revolutionary card shown.

The green card states the player must leave the field but can be replaced by a sub - should the side have replacements available.

Conifa rules claim: "A player who receives a green card must leave the field of play immediately, but can be replaced if his team have not used all of their substitutes.

"A player receiving a green card is not excluded from his team's next match."

On the landmark card being brandished, tournament organiser Paul Watson revealed: "We'd really like to clamp down on the dissent problem.

"Football has a problem with the lack of respect for referees.
"That's not to say that isn't also the case in Conifa games - the players in our tournament still have those traits.

"But it would be nice that, instead of it being ignored and therefore in a way condoned, it shouldn't necessarily cost someone their chance to play at this tournament, if they just lose their cool."

Jens Jockel, Conifa's Asia president agreed, adding: "We have had some minor problems in the past, with some red cards at the end of a game...

"Mostly when teams realised they can't keep up and find themselves losing heavily with ten minutes left.

"It's a really good idea of how to sanction things that might not be worthy of a red card.

"More like personal mistakes - using swear words, disrespecting spectators and coaches and so on. It's a perfect way to find something in between."

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