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History is set to be made as female referee will take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event for the very first time.
Female ref Stephanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate Liverpool’s Super Cup clash with Chelsea on August 14. The French official refereed a Ligue 1 match in April as well as last month’s Women’s World Cup final and has now made a step up to the UEFA Super Cup clash which will be played at Besiktas Park in Istanbul on August 14.
Frappart will be joined by compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neal for this game, as they will be her assistant refs.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as well as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp have both revealed they are proud to be part of this historic event.
“I am very pleased to be a part of this moment in history, it is very much due,” Lampard said.
“The game has come a long way, in many ways: in terms of the Women’s World Cup, which we all watched; in terms of how much respect the game is getting; how many people are watching it.
“We were very slow on this in many ways and they are now getting the interest. We are very pleased to be part of it and that we are making big strides in the development. It is a historic moment and another step in the right direction, I would say.”
“My answer would be finally, I think it is time,” Klopp said when asked about Frappart’s appointment.
“I have a lot of experience with female referees in Germany. It took a while before she was considered – not by the professionals, more by the referees – to be ready. Meanwhile, she has settled and I am really happy we can be part of this historic moment.
“It is a very smart decision to have a woman to be the referee in a very important game before millions of people.
“I am pretty sure, with all the emotions involved, we will all try not to make it more difficult than the game is. I will be showing my best face, otherwise my mum would be angry.
“It is the first one, so maybe that makes it more special, but I hope it is not the last.”