Referee Stephanie Frappart: Super woman for Super Cup final
London, August 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-She is Stephanie Frappart. The Frenchwoman referee who took charge of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final. She is regarded as the best female official on the planet.
But on Wednesday (Today) August 14th, 2019, she would add a new cap to her flying career. The pioneer will be the first woman to referee a UEFA men’s Super Cup final when Chelsea and Liverpool clash in Istanbul, Turkey
She will line up alongside assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland, who also joined her at the World Cup.
The honour will be just reward for the 35-year-old, who picked up the whistle full-time in 2001 to pursue her dream of becoming a referee.
Frappart told L’Express: “I played football at home in the Val d’Oise, then around 13 years old became interested in the laws of the game.
“I quickly started refereeing games and around 18 years old I had to choose between football and refereeing.”
In April, Frappart became the first female ref to take charge of a Ligue 1 match when she officiated a game between Amiens and Strasbourg.
Stephanie Frappart followed in the footsteps of Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus, who was the first female ref in the Bundesliga in 2017.
Switzerland’s Nicole Petignat was the first to officiate in UEFA matches when she took charge of qualifying games in the UEFA Cup between 2004 and 2009.
But Frappart is breaking new ground with the Super Cup which will have been beyond her expectations at this stage.
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti insisted Frappart “fully deserves” the opportunity.
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.”
Only last month Stephanie Frappart insisted she was solely focused on establishing herself in France.
Asked if she dreamed of taking charge of a men’s Champions League game, Frappart said: “I have already climbed a few steps.
“The next step for me is to integrate well in Ligue 1. It’s not easy, we are challenged every game.”
The reaction to Frappart’s appointment in Ligue 1 was a warm one.
After her first men’s game, Strasbourg manager Thierry Laurey said: “I had no worries before the game about the fact that Mrs. Frappart will referee us and my opinion has not changed.
“It’s very good that she was able to reach a high level. She’s doing very well.”
Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s head of refereeing, said he came up with the idea of appointing Frappart for such a high-profile men’s fixture after watching her at the women’s World Cup.
“I hope she will inspire thousands of younger women referees all over the world,” he said, a sentiment shared by the Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard.
“It’s great news, I’m very pleased to be a part of this moment in history which is very much due,” said Lampard.
“I think we were very slow everywhere on this and now we are trying to make strides. There is still a long way to go but in terms of tomorrow (Wednesday) it is a huge moment.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added: “I am happy that we can be part of a historic moment. It’s a very smart decision to have a woman referee a very, very important game.”