UEFA: Liverpool vs Chelsea Super Cup to be Officiated by a Female Referee

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French referee, Stéphanie Frappart has made history to be the first female official to be appointed to take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event.

She will be in charge of the Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea on the 14th of August.

The 25-year-old Frenchwoman, will lead out a team of predominantly female officials on August 14 at Besiktas Park in Istanbul.

“I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s UEFA Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

“As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stéphanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”

Roberto Rosetti, UEFA chief refereeing officer, said she “fully deserves” the opportunity to oversee such a high-profile fixture.

He said: “Stéphanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world.”

“She has the ability to officiate on the biggest stage, as she proved at this year’s Women’s World Cup final. I hope this match in Istanbul will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career.”

Frappart has already made history once before, becoming the first female to officiate a Ligue 1 game when she refereed a fixture between SC Amiens and RC Strausborg in April.

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