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Referee Frappart makes history as first woman to referee men's World Cup game

Referee Frappart makes history as first woman to referee men's World Cup game

Baku, December 1, AZERTAC

History will be made when Costa Rica face Germany today at the Al Bayt Stadium when Stephanie Frappart becomes the first woman in the history of the World Cup to referee a finals match in the men's tournament, according to the official FIFA website.

However, it will not be the first time the 38-year-old French referee has written her name into football history. Frappart was also the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League game.

"The men's World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first referee in France and in Europe, so I know how to deal with it," she said.

Before the World Cup, Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, said of the three female referees at the World Cup: "They were not selected because they are women, but as FIFA referees. They could officiate any game."

 

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