Both FC Barcelona’s first team and Barça B will receive ‘Fair Play’ awards at a ceremony on July 6th, an honour that recognizes the sporting performance of the teams in the first and second division, awarded by the Real Federación (RFEF) since 1988. This year’s prize will be awarded to the two teams from FC Barcelona who both finished the season as the most ‘sporting’ teams in their respective competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s side received 73 yellow cards in the League this past season (less than two per game), as well as only two red cards, one of which was a direct red that led to the expulsion of David Villa in San Mamés.
The RFEF determines a score for each card received: three points for each direct red, 2 points for a double yellow card, and one point for each yellow card.
Taking also into consideration the sanctions imposed by the Comité de Competición, Barcelona has led the ranking of ‘Fair Play’ with a hundred points, one less than Mallorca (101). Racing de Santander came in third with 108.
In the second division, Barça B has also been the team to be honored with the award for ‘Fair Play’. Luis Enrique’s team led the standings with 104 points, followed by Numancia, with 117 points. Curiously, the team from Soria won the award last season in the first division.
The Fair Play award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 6 at the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas (Madrid). Javier Bordas, director of FC Barcelona responsible for relations with the RFEF and LFP, will collect the award on behalf of the club.