Don’t bother checking the date on this article, it’s not April 1.
Serie B is seriously set to launch an innovative new scheme this weekend to help promote fair play.
The Italian football authorities believe that something needs to be done in their country to cut down on the constant incidents of gamesmanship, diving or feigning injury. And their solution is to reward players for ‘conspicuous acts of sportsmanship’ and other ‘acts of virtue’ in Italy’s second division.
According to Italian newspaper La Stampa, a new ‘green card’ will be used by referees to highlight and encourage a player when he has done something worthy of praise rather than punishment.
The newspaper goes on to claim that the hope amongst Italian officials is that the scheme will ‘highlight those who help to make the game a game and not a battle of primal instincts.’
The usual Red and yellow cards will still be handed out as usual for fouls and dissent, but the new green card will be shown for acts such as knocking the ball out of play to allow an injured player to receive medical treatment.
If only the green card had been introduced for the recent Chelsea v Swansea match; maybe Eva would still be on the bench!
What do you reckon to the idea? Is it a goer? Will it make a difference? Or will it soon transpire that Italian football has a lot bigger problems that can’t be solved by a green card?