Stéphanie Frappart and the other women who make sport history
France became, on Wednesday, the first woman to whistle a Champions League game. The referee’s performance has generated several reactions on social networks. But there are other prominent women with relevant positions in football. Know who they are.
She is 36 years old, is French, and last Wednesday made history by becoming the first woman to whistle a Champions League game. In Turin, in the match between Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv, Stéphanie Frappart led a team composed of the French Hicham Zakrani, Mehdi Rahmouni (assistant referees), Karim Abed (fourth referee), and Benoît Millot and Willy Delajod in video referee (VAR), in yet another sign of change, in a predominantly male space, where women come progressively, but slowly, to conquer their space.
Still on the European stage, Frappart was also the first woman to lead an official international men’s match (Malta v Latvia, on September 6 in the League of Nations), and arbitrated the first two Europa League matches on October 22 (Leicester-Zorya ), and 26 November (Granada-Omonia Nicosia). Before, what became known as the first woman to whistle in the 2nd French Division (2014) and, later, in Ligue 1 (2019), where she debuted in a clash between Lyon and Marseille, had also been responsible for European Super Cup refereeing between Liverpool and Chelsea (August 2019).
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