Stephanie Frappart made history on Wednesday night as she became the first woman to officiate in a men’s Uefa Champions League encounter.
The French referee took charge of Juventus’ Group G match against Dynamo Kiev in Turin with the Italian giants eventually winning 3-0 courtesy of goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
However, this is not the first top-level men’s game Frappart has taken charge of. Back in September, 2019, the 36-year-old referee became the first female to officiate a major men’s European final when she took charge of the Uefa Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
A month prior to that, Frappart had seemingly reached the pinnacle to women’s refereeing as she was in charge of the Fifa World Cup final between the United States of America (USA) and the Netherlands in France.
She also became the first female referee to officiate a French Ligue 1 match when Amiens played Strasbourg in April last year.
In October, Frappart was the woman in the middle in what was her first Europa League game when Leicester City hosted Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk.
“It was a pretty special feeling when you walked out in the stadium. I’ve never experienced that and in such a big, big match,” she said.
⚽ On Wednesday night, Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men's #UCL match, when she took charge of Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv.
Congratulations, Stéphanie! pic.twitter.com/Sw87HRvcEI
— UEFA (@UEFA) December 2, 2020
Before the start of Wednesday’s penultimate round of fixtures, Juventus trailed Group G leaders Barcelona by three points. The two sides will face off in the final game of the group in Barcelona on December 8.
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