Istanbul (AP) - Referee Stéphanie Frappart feels "ready" for her seminal premiere on the big football stage.
"Of course," said the Frenchwoman, who will be the first woman in a major UEFA men's football match on Wednesday (21.00 / Sky and DAZN) to whistle for the Liverpool-Chelsea Super Cup. "We train all the time. We are not afraid, we are always ready. »
The 35-year-old had headed the final of the Women's World Cup between the USA and the Netherlands (2-0) in her home country just a few weeks ago. In April she was first used in the French Ligue 1. Like Bibiana Steinhaus in the Bundesliga, she now belongs to the fixed referee pool in the highest French league.
"It's the same for me. The football is the same, the rules are the same, "said Frappart. Her private life has changed since the nomination, however. "I'm better known now," said the Frenchwoman. Her rise to France's top division meant she had been "prepared for emotions".
Frappart is supported in Istanbul by her assistants Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O'Neal. Fourth official at the Supercup is the Turk Cuneyt Cakir. The German referee Mark Borsch belongs to the team of video assistants to the Frenchman Clement Turpin. Nicole Petignat was the first woman in UEFA men's football to have had three qualifiers for the UEFA Cup between 2004 and 2009.
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