France's Stephanie Frappart says she does not have any particular pressure on the eve of refereeing the European Supercup between Liverpool and Chelsea on Wednesday, where she will become the first female referee of a major men's match.
"We have to prove physically, technically and tactically that we are the same as the men, I'm not afraid of that, nothing changes for me," said Frappart, 35, on the eve of the match in Istanbul. reigning European champions and winners of the Europa League last season.
In June, she became the first woman to be promoted to referee a match of the Championship of France.
"Of course, my life has changed because I'm more popular around the world," she said Tuesday from Istanbul, insisting that the refereeing of a men's and women's match is the same for she.
In July, with the same assistants as Liverpool-Chelsea, France's Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland's Michelle O'Neill, Frappart has already refereed a grand final, that of the Women's World Cup.
Roberto Rosetti, UEFA's refereeing official, said he had the idea of appointing Frappart for an important men's match after watching him at the World Cup.
On the side of the European Super Cup, Frappart has already convinced Frank Lampard: "This is great news, I am very happy to be part of this historic moment," said coach Chelsea.
"It's a really smart decision to nominate a woman to officiate a very, very important match like that," commented Jurgen Klopp, Liverppol's "Reds" coach.
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