UEFA have chosen female referee Stephanie Frappart to officiate the Super Cup tie between Liverpool and Chelsea at Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul.
This will be the first time that a female official takes charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event – a showpiece match seen as the curtain-raiser to the new season.
Frappart had the honour of refereeing the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon.
She also took charge of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 semi-final, where the Dutch hosts played England, and refereed the final of the 2012 UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship, also in Turkey.
According to statement on UEFA’s website, the French woman will be assisted by compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland. The fourth official will be Turkey’s Cuneyt Cakir.
Frappart created history domestically in France in April as she became the first female referee to officiate a men’s Ligue 1 match, between Amiens and Strasbourg.
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