Another first for French referee Stéphanie Frappart. First woman to have whistled in Ligue 2, then in Ligue 1, she was appointed to referee a prestigious match, the final of the European Supercup that takes place in Turkey on Wednesday night, between Liverpool and Chelsea. When this news was announced on August 2nd, his face was already showing on every front page of the world sports press.
A fair reward for Pascal Garibian, Technical Director of Arbitration, who reacts to the microphone of Europe 1. "This is a historic designation that rewards his work," he says. "Match after match, Stephanie Frappart is working hard to climb the ladder."
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Stéphanie showed her ability and talent
For this match, the native of Herblay in the Val d'Oise will face the cream of the crop: Liverpool, winner of the Champions League, confronts Chelsea, who won the Europa League. "UEFA has given its confidence to Stephanie, who has shown his ability and talent," says the technical director of the refereeing. "It's his ability to lead high-level games - high stakes matches - which is rewarded," he adds.
Stéphanie Frappart will therefore have 90 minutes, and more if affinities, to demonstrate her ability to hold an international meeting. "This is not a communication call, there is real trust," says Pascal Garibian. After Liverpool-Chelsea, the French referee will find the lawns of Ligue 1. Indeed, Stephanie Frappart is one of the 23 whistles held for this season.