The Italian FA is to introduce green card in Serie B this season, the card will be brandished to players who conduct themselves very well on the field of play. It is a reward for good behaviour.
The Referee will be mandated to carry the green card along with the normal yellow and red card. The introduction of the green card is an attempt to promote good sporting gestures and fair play.
The system is still on trial basis and will come in to effect around the fourth of fifth round of matches in the second tier of the Italian League.
The innovative idea is for players who conduct themselves well, either by playing the ball out for an injury, or helping the referee with his decision making when he committed a foul which was not seen or touched the ball on its way out if the referee wrongly gives a goal kick, to receive a green card.
Although it has not yet been decided what advantages — if any — teams will gain from their players receiving green cards, it is hoped the gesture will be enough to make the game more sporting and set an example to those who disregard the rules.
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At the end of the season, a classification will determine an overall fair-play winner, with the leading player likely to win a trophy like the top goalscorer award.
The green card has already been experimented at various youth levels.