UEFA has for the first time nominated a referee for a major competitive match in men's football. Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart will lead the match for the Supercup between Champions League winner Liverpool and Europa League winner Chelsea on 14 August in Istanbul. This was announced by the European Football Union.
"I have repeatedly said that there is no limit to the potential of women's football, and I am delighted that Stéphanie Frappart, together with Assistant Referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O'Neal, has been appointed to head this year's UEFA Super Cup," said Association President Aleksander Ceferin , Between 2004 and 2009, the Swiss Nicole Petignat was the first woman to have three qualifiers for the UEFA Cup.
The 35-year-old Frappart had headed the final of the Women's World Cup between the USA and the Netherlands (2-0) in her home country 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.
"Stéphanie has proven for several years that she is one of the best referees, not just in Europe but around the world," said UEFA referee chief Roberto Rosetti.
Fourth official at the Supercup is the Turk Cüneyt Çakır. The German Mark Borsch belongs to the team of video assistants to the Frenchman Clement Turpin.