Frappart, first French woman to referee a Champions League match: UEFA

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France’s Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League match on Wednesday when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev in Turin, the European football governing body has confirmed.
The 36-year-old has already made history as the first woman to referee in France’s top flight and took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea. She also made her Europa League debut in October.

This is the first time that a woman has been nominated to referee a match in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

Italian giants Juventus host Ukrainian team Dynamo in Group G at the Allianz Stadium.

Second in the squad, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve have already finished the last 16 with leaders Barcelona with two games to go.

Frappart, who started refereeing at the age of 13, was the first female referee in the French second division in 2014, moving to men’s Ligue 1 five years later.

In Europe, she was also the first woman to referee a men’s international when she took charge of the September Nations League match between Malta and Latvia, and she recently refereed her first two Europa League matches – Leicester v Zorya Luhansk on October 22 and Granada v Omonia Nicosia last Thursday.

Frappart follows in the footsteps of two pioneers: Nicole Petignat, the first female officer in the UEFA Cup in 2003, and Bibiana Steinhaus, who became the first female referee in a major European league when she joined the German Bundesliga.

“It’s both a privilege, an honor and a responsibility,” Frappart said ahead of his first full season at the top in 2019/2020 which was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I hope my career will encourage young girls to get involved in officiating. ”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Frappart and his assistants in the 2019 Super Cup final.

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

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