Stephanie Frappart won’t be fazed by refereeing Super Cup as Liverpool and Chelsea managers hail ‘historical m
Stephanie Frappart will make history in Istanbul tonight.
The Frenchwoman will become the first female official to take charge of a major UEFA’s men competition showpiece when she officiates Liverpool vs Chelsea.
Frappart will be assisted by Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neill of the Republic of Ireland, just as she was for the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Holland earlier this summer.
The decision has been welcomed by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and players from both teams.
A momentous occasion, O’Neill hopes it can be an inspiration to young girls across the world but will not fazed or overawed by the occasion.
“Of course we feel ready,” the 35-year-old said. “We train a lot, all the time, we’re not afraid of this game as we’re always ready for all the games.
“I think there is not a lot of difference, because football is the same. Refereeing is the same, football is the same, I would do the same I do in women’s football.”
“I’m now popular all over the world,” Frappart added. “But I was also appointed in Ligue 1, so I know the feelings and emotions and how to manage them and how to train for [the occasion]. This is not my first appointment.”
Liverpool boss Klopp is delighted by the appointment of Frappart, saying: “Finally – it’s time. I’m happy to be a part of this historic moment.
“It’s a smart decision to have women referee a very, very important game. It’s the first time, but I hope it’s not the last.
“Obviously we’re not smart enough to make all the smart decisions, but this is a smart decision.
“I’m really sure we will try to not make the game any more difficult than it will be [for the officials].”
He jokingly added: “I will show my best face if possible, otherwise my mum would be angry.”
Chelsea counterpart Lampard is similarly pleased to be part of the momentous occasion, saying: “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.
“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.
“Its a historical moment that is one more step in the right direction.”
The UEFA Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea is live on talkSPORT, kick-off 8pm