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In football, women's refereeing is gradually gaining ground


INVESTIGATION – Behind the figure of Stéphanie Frappart, the only woman to officiate regularly in the first men's football division, women's refereeing is slowly developing in the country.

Heeled boots on her feet and carefully varnished dark blue nails, Christine Meurisse, 49, checks the condition of the two cages one by one.

She walks for the first time this Saturday, March 4, the lawn of the sports union of Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais).


I'm used to refereeing men,

" she says.

At one time, some players flirted with me a little.

Not anymore, I could be their mother

” (laughs).

In an hour, this police commander in Villeneuve-d'Ascq (Nord) will officiate as central referee of the Regional 1 men's football match (sixth division) between Saint-Omer and Pays du Valois (Oise).

Verification made, Christine Meurisse goes to the refreshment bar, accompanied in particular by officials of the local club.


It's a pre-match ritual, we tell each other our lives

," she explains, with a big smile on her face.

The drink finished, she returns to her locker room to change.

The earrings and the necklace removed, the hair tied up and her sportswear put on…

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Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-03-22

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