12:00 14 Aug 2019
French referee Stephanie Frappart says she is ready to make history tonight when she becomes the first female official in charge of a UEFA men’s final.
Frappart, along with French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill, will be the all-female team in charge of the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park in Istanbul.
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The trio have worked together at high-profile matches, such as this year’s Women’s World Cup final, but they will be under intense focus for the all-English clash.
Asked if she was afraid of being “double criticised” for any mistakes, Frappart said it was time for female referees to show they are as good as the men.
“We have to prove ourselves technically and physically that we are the same as the men. We are not afraid about (wrong decisions). We are ready,” she told a news conference.
Frappart, who in April became the first female referee in France’s Ligue 1, also dismissed the idea that it was more difficult to officiate a men’s game.
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“I think there is not a lot of difference because football is the same. It’s the same rules so I will do the same as the women’s game,” she added.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he was pleased to be part of a moment in history.
“I think the game has come on a long way in many ways, in terms of the women’s World Cup which we all watched this summer, in terms of how much respect the game’s getting, how many people are watching it and the interest in the game,” he said.
“I think we were very slow everywhere on this and now we are trying to make strides and there’s still a long way to go but in terms of tomorrow I think it’s a huge moment.
“It’s a historical moment that is one more step in the right direction.”