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First ever white card shown in football match and receives rapturous reception from crowd

A historic moment took place in a Portuguese women's cup match between Sporting Lisbon and Benfica when a white card was shown for the very first time.

The card, which is shown to recognise and encourage fair play, was brandished by referee Catarina Campos during the match marking its maiden appearance in professional football. Despite a fierce rivalry existing between the two clubs, a clear example of sportsmanship in the Taca de Portugal cup tie gave the official the opportunity to use the new tool.

With Benfica leading their Portuguese rivals 3-0 on Sunday, medical staff from both clubs ran to the aid of a fan who had fainted in the stands just before the 44th minute of play.
Jack Lacey-Hatton