French referee Stephanie Frappart [photo: ESPN]
Dec, 1st 2020 – French referee Stephanie Frappart will become the first-ever female official to referee a men’s Champions League game when she oversees Juventus vs Dynamo Kiev tomorrow night.
The 36-year-old became the first woman to referee a major men’s European match when she took charge of the UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019.
Frappart also took charge of the 2019 women’s World Cup final between Netherlands and the United States and also the first female referee to take charge of a French Ligue 1 match when she officiated Amiens against Strasbourg in April 2019.
Frappart, speaking ahead of the super cup, was asked about the difference between taking charge of the men’s and women’s matches.
She said, “I think there is not a lot of difference because football is the same. For me it is the same because refereeing is the same. Football is the same, there are the same rules so I will referee the same as in women leagues.”
Although both have already qualified for the round of 16 stage, Juventus head into Wednesday game in second place, three points behind Spanish giants Barcelona.