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Stéphanie Frappart, first woman appointed central referee in the Champions League


France's Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed by UEFA to referee the Juventus Turin-Dynamo Kiev meeting on Wednesday in the Champions League, becoming the first woman to take on this responsibility in the prestigious continental competition.

Stéphanie Frappart, 36, continues her "rise" on the European scene.

She had already been entrusted with the European Supercup of August 2019 between Liverpool and Chelsea, after having been the first woman at the whistle in the French second division (2014) then in the men's Ligue 1 (2019), where she refereed early October his first Lyon-Marseille shock. 

On the European stage, she was also the first woman to lead an official international men's meeting, with Malta-Latvia on September 6 in the League of Nations, and refereed her first two Europa League meetings on October 22 (Leicester-Zorya Louhansk) then November 26 (Grenada-Omonia Nicosia).

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For her 12th match of the 2020/21 season, she will lead a 100% male and French team to Juventus Stadium in Turin: Hicham Zakrani and Mehdi Rahmouni as assistant referees, Karim Abed as fourth referee and Benoît Millot and Willy Delajod on video.

The former AS Herblay player in the Paris region, who started refereeing at the age of 13, climbed step after step in the wake of two pioneers, the Swiss Nicole Petignat, the first woman to officiate in the UEFA Cup in 2003, and the German Bibiana Steinhaus, first female referee in a major European championship.

Privilege and honor

“It is a privilege, an honor and a responsibility at the same time.

I hope that my career will encourage young girls to engage in arbitration, ”said Stéphanie Frappart in the summer of 2019 on the eve of her first full season in the elite - finally interrupted by the coronavirus in March .

Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp praised the coolness of the referee and his assistants after the 2019 Supercup. “There was so much pressure for this historic moment ... They stayed calm and did what they wanted. they had to do.

I couldn't have more respect for Stéphanie Frappart, ”said the German technician.

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Source: lefigaro

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