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France’s Frappart To Become First Woman To Referee Men’s Champions League Game

n this file picture taken on October 31, 2020 French referee Stephanie Frappart appears on through the French L1 soccer match behind closed doorways, between Stade Rennais Football Club and Stade Brestois 29 at The Roazhon Park, in Rennes, western France. Jean-Francois MONIER / AFP


France’s Stephanie Frappart will grow to be the primary lady to referee a males’s Champions League match on Wednesday when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev in Turin, European soccer’s governing physique UEFA confirmed.

The 36-year-old has already made historical past as the primary lady to referee within the French high flight, and took cost of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup remaining between Liverpool and Chelsea. She additionally made her Europa League debut in October.

It is the primary time {that a} lady has been assigned to referee a sport in Europe’s most prestigious membership competitors.

Italian giants Juventus host Ukrainian facet Dynamo in Group G on the Allianz Stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve, second within the group, are already by to the final 16 together with leaders Barcelona with two video games to play.

Frappart, who began refereeing on the age of 13, was the primary lady referee within the French second division in 2014, transferring as much as the lads’s Ligue 1 5 years later.

In Europe, she was additionally the primary lady to referee a males’s worldwide when she took cost of September’s Nations League match between Malta and Latvia, and he or she just lately refereed her first two Europa League matches — Leicester v Zorya Luhansk on October 22 and Granada v Omonia Nicosia final Thursday.

Frappart follows within the footsteps of two trailblazers in Nicole Petignat, the primary lady to officiate within the UEFA Cup in 2003, and Bibiana Steinhaus, who grew to become the primary lady referee in a serious European league when she arrived in Germany’s Bundesliga.

“It is at the same time a privilege, an honour and a responsibility,” Frappart stated earlier than her first full season on the high in 2019/2020 which was lower brief due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I hope that my career will encourage young girls to become involved in refereeing.”

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp praised Frappart and her assistants’ dealing with of the 2019 Super Cup remaining.

“There was so much pressure for an historic moment. They remained calm and did what they had to do. I couldn’t have more respect for Stephanie Frappart,” stated the German.


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