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Referee Stephanie Frappart made history by becoming the first woman to officiate a UEFA competition.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg was impressed with the performance of Frappart and believes she adapted well to the pace and physicality of an all-English clash.
“What impressed me most about Stephanie Frappart’s performance was how she adapted to the pace and physicality of what was essentially a Premier League game,” Clattenburg told Daily Mail.
“Frappart has officiated at the top men’s level in France but this had Premier League intensity.
“It is the first time a woman has refereed a major men’s final but had it not been such a story, no one would have noticed even with the controversy over Chelsea’s extra-time penalty.
“From Frappart’s angle, she may have thought Adrian’s leg caught Tammy Abraham but from another you can see little contact. In my opinion the decision should have been a goal kick.
“Some will ask why did VAR not intervene. They did not think it was a clear mistake.
“The penalty will split opinion, which proves that right. An issue has been made about gender. Frappart’s team still showed it should not matter.”