Serie B Referee awards first-ever green card in Italy

History was made in Italy this week as Vicenza attacker Cristian Galano received Serie B's first-ever green card

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Vicenza's Cristian Galano is the lucky recipient of football’s first ever green card.

Officials speaking for the Italian second tier announced the scheme at the beginning of the season and said that the player with the most green cards at the end of the season will receive a reward.

And on Tuesday in north-western Italy, football witnessed a revolutionary moment as referee Marco Mainardi decided Galano deserved the honour of making history.

In the 53rd minute, Vicenza were awarded a corner, but forward Galano admitted that no Virtus Entella defender had touched the ball.

While the referees haven’t actually been given physical green cards, all recipients will be documented with the player who gets the most rewarded at the end of the season.

But Serie B president Andrea Abodi said players will only receive the card if they perform an ‘extraordinary act’.

“It’s a symbolic award,” said Abodi. “It could be something very simple. The important thing is to recognise it when a professional does something exemplary.”

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