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The French Stéphanie Frappart will become, Wednesday, the first female referee of a Champions League match. She has been nominated for the Juventus Turin-Dynamo Kiev game.
French referee Stéphanie Frappart never stops writing history. After being the first woman to blow the whistle in the French second division (2014) then in the men’s Ligue 1 (2019), then the first to lead an official international men’s meeting and Europa League matches, she was nominated by UEFA for referee the match Juventus Turin-Dynamo Kiev, Wednesday, December 2, in the Champions League. She will become the first woman to assume this responsibility in the prestigious continental competition.
For her 12th match of the 2020/21 season, she will lead a 100% male and French team to Juventus Stadium in Turin: Hicham Zakrani and Mehdi Rahmouni as assistant referees, Karim Abed as fourth referee and Benoît Millot and Willy Delajod on video.
A long career
The former AS Herblay player in the Paris region, who started refereeing at the age of 13, climbed step after step in the wake of two pioneers, the Swiss Nicole Petignat, the first woman to officiate in the UEFA Cup in 2003, and the German Bibiana Steinhaus, first female referee in a major European championship.
“It is at the same time a privilege, an honor and a responsibility. I hope that my career will encourage young girls to engage in arbitration”, said Stéphanie Frappart in the summer of 2019 at the dawn of his first full season in the elite, finally interrupted by the coronavirus in March.
“We have to prove physically, technically and tactically that we are the same as men. I’m not afraid of that. Nothing changes for me,” she also said in August 2019 on the eve of the Supercopa d match. ‘Europe between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp praised the coolness of the referee and his assistants after the 2019 Supercup. “There was so much pressure for this historic moment … They stayed calm and did what they did. they had to do. I could not have more respect for Stéphanie Frappart, “said the German technician.
On July 7, 2019, in front of millions of viewers, Stéphanie Frappart also officiated during the final of the Women’s World Cup in Lyon between the United States and the Netherlands.