Uefa Super Cup: Female Referee says ‘No Pressure’ as Chelsea, Liverpool Clash

The female referee assigned to officiate the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday night, Stephanie Frappart, says she feels no extra pressure ahead of the tie.

Frappart said she is ready to prove that female officials are as competent as their male counterparts when she becomes the first woman to officiate a major UEFA competition final.

Champions League winners Liverpool will take on Chelsea in the Super Cup later tonight, and Frappart, 35, will be in the middle, to be assisted by her French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill.

The trio has worked together at bigger matches.

They were in charge of this year’s Women’s World Cup final in France – but there is no doubt they will be under intense focus at Istanbul’s Vodafone Park.

Asked if she was afraid of being “double criticized” for any mistakes made, 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.

“I think there is not a lot difference because football is the same. It’s the same rules so I will do the same as the women’s game,” she added.

Fourth official and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir supported the trio, saying:

“They are brave, they have courage, they don’t hesitate to give unpopular decisions – you will see tomorrow.”

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