Referee in Istanbul: "It's about time": Frenchwoman Frappart ready for Supercup

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Istanbul (AP) - With Jürgen Klopps emotional outbursts on the sidelines, many a referee has made his experiences. On Wednesday (21.00 clock Sky and DAZN) wants to behave the German coach of Liverpool but.

"I'll show my best side - otherwise my mother would be angry," Klopp said before the European Supercup in Istanbul against Chelsea. In Stéphanie Frappart, for the first time, a referee will be whistling for a major UEFA men's game - for Klopp this is "a historic moment".

"It's time for that to happen," said the Liverpool coach on Tuesday night. "There are so many things in the world where we obviously are not wise to make the right decision. This is a very smart decision to use a referee in a very, very important, a big game. It's the first one, but I hope not the last time. "

Frappart felt "ready" the day before kick-off for their premiere on the big football stage in Besiktas Park. "Of course," said the French woman, who will be assisted by her assistants Manuela Nicolosi (Italy) and Michelle O'Neal (Ireland). "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".

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk emphasized that the gender of the referees plays no role. Chelsea defender César Azpilicueta was "happy to see the world evolve". The Spaniard recalled the successful Women's World Cup, which «we all enjoyed. It was a great World Cup, and I think that's the only way to move forward. "

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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