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14:45  14 august  2019
14:45  14 august  2019 Source:   dw.com

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Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major men's European club fixture on Wednesday evening in Istanbul, presiding over the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool We have to prove physically, technically and tactically that we are the same as the men. I'm not afraid about that .

Referee Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to officiate a major European men’s game when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul.

UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart unfazed, 'because football is the same' © Getty Images/Bongarts/R. Hartmann Provided by Deutsche Welle

Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major men's European club fixture on Wednesday evening in Istanbul, presiding over the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.

The season-opening Super Cup will have an (almost) all-female team on the sidelines. Frappart's World Cup colleagues Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O'Neill from the Republic of Ireland will assist her on the sidelines. Off pitch, Turkish male match official Cuneyt Cakir will carry out the fourth official's duties.

UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart unfazed, 'because football is the same' © picture-alliance/dpa/Sputnik/M. Kireev From left to right: Michelle O'Neill, Stephanie Frappart, Cuneyt Cakir, Manuela Nicolosi

Frappart, 35, told reporters in Istanbul that there was no more pressure than usual ahead of her latest major milestone.

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The European Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul is the highest-profile men’s match to date to be run by an all-female team of officials. Stéphanie Frappart : the referee in charge of the Uefa Super Cup – video. There are few arenas in football that provide the visual challenge to

"I don't think so. We have to prove physically, technically and tactically that we are the same as the men. I'm not afraid about that. Nothing changes for me," Frappart said on the eve of the match. "I think there is not a lot of difference [between refereeing men's and women's football], because football is the same. We're not afraid about this game because we are always ready for every game."

UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart unfazed, 'because football is the same' © Getty Images French referee Stephanie Frappart gets ready for the French L2 football match between Valenciennes and Beziers on April 19, 2019 at the Hainaut Stadium in Valenciennes. - Stephanie Frappart has been selected among 27 referees for the 2019 World Cup in France next summer (June 7 - July 7). (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

'Finally, I think it's time'

Both managers welcomed Frappart's appointment. Chelsea's Frank Lampard called it "a historical moment that is one more step in the right direction," albeit acknowledging that football had been "very slow everywhere" when it came to boosting the women's game and was now "trying to make strides."

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Stephanie Frappart has dismissed the idea refereeing a men's football match is more challenging than officiating a women's game, ahead of taking charge of the UEFA Super Cup . "For me it is the same because refereeing is the same . Football is the same , there are the same rules so I will

Stéphanie Frappart (born 14 December 1983) is a French football referee . She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009, and has refereed several high-profile matches.

Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp drew parallels to Bundesliga referee Bibiana Steinhaus in Germany:

"Finally, I think it's time. I've had a lot of experience with women referees; in Germany, Bibi Steinhaus is doing it. But it took a while until she was considered — not by the football professionals, more by the referees — to be ready. And meanwhile, she's settled," Klopp said.

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Just like Steinhaus, who finally graduated to refereeing Bundesliga matches in 2017 after almost a decade impressing in lower divisions, Frappart has spent several seasons calling the shots in lower league French matches. Players and coaches alike had long labeled her one of Ligue 2's best.

Rapid, if belated, promotion

The 35-year-old from the Val-d'Oise region just north of Paris will be a regular fixture in Ligue 1 matches starting next season. She made her top flight debut this April, refereeing Amiens versus Strasbourg, with the home supporters holding aloft a special banner bidding her welcome to the Stade de la Licorne.

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Referee Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to officiate a major European men’s game when she takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between

The 2019 UEFA Super Cup will be the 44th edition of the UEFA Super Cup , an annual football match organised by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart unfazed, 'because football is the same' © Getty Images/AFP/J. P. Ksiazek Frappart kept order during the Women's World Cup final, again assisted by O'Neill and Nicolosi

There followed last month's Women's World Cup final (surely the most important game of Frappart's career to date), and now the UEFA Super Cup, described by Klopp as "a very, very important game," despite its somewhat semi-competitive feel as a one-off match so early in the new season.

"Even with all the emotions involved and stuff like this in the moment, I can say I'm really sure we'll all try to help tomorrow night not to make it more difficult than the game itself is anyway," Klopp said in Istanbul. "So I will show my best face, if possible, otherwise my Mum will be angry!"

'I hope it's not the last' UEFA Super Cup referee Stephanie Frappart unfazed, 'because football is the same' © picture-alliance/augenklick/firo Sportphoto Despite showing signs of mellowing over time, Klopp has been known to lose his temper with match officials

UEFA's head of refereeing Ricardo Rosetti said he hoped that Frappart and her team would "inspire thousands and thousands of young female referees around the world" to follow in their footsteps — comments echoed by Irish assistant referee Michelle O'Neill.

"It's pretty nice that you have young girls, young kids being inspired," O'Neill said. "You're leading the way and opening the doors and clearing the pathway for these kids coming up. So that's pretty special."

Klopp, meanwhile, had one particular wish regarding Wednesday's female refereeing team: "It's the first time, I hope it's not the last."

Given talents like Frappart, Steinhaus, O'Neill and Nicolosi — not to mention other prominent whistle-wielding women like Sian Massey-Ellis in England or Esther Staubli in Switzerland or Uruguay's Claudia Umpierrez — it already seems certain that Wednesday's Super Cup match will be the first of many.

Author: Mark Hallam

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