Stéphanie Frappart, 36, had already been entrusted with the European Supercup of August 2019 between Liverpool and Chelsea, after having been the first woman to whistle in the French second division (2014) then in men’s Ligue 1 (2019), where she refereed her first Lyon-Marseille shock in early October.
On the European stage, she was also the first woman to lead an official international men’s meeting, with Malta-Latvia on September 6 in the League of Nations, and refereed her first two Europa League meetings on October 22 (Leicester-Zorya Louhansk) then November 26 (Grenada-Omonia Nicosia).
For her 12th match of the 2020/21 season, she will lead a 100% male and French team to Juventus Stadium in Turin: Hicham Zakrani and Mehdi Rahmouni as assistant referees, Karim Abed as fourth referee and Benoît Millot and Willy Delajod on video.
The former AS Herblay player in the Paris region, who started refereeing at the age of 13, climbed step after step in the wake of two pioneers, the Swiss Nicole Petignat, the first woman to officiate in the UEFA Cup in 2003, and the German Bibiana Steinhaus, first female referee in a major European championship.
“It is at the same time a privilege, an honor and a responsibility. I hope that my career will encourage young girls to engage in arbitration”, said Stéphanie Frappart in the summer of 2019 at the dawn of his first full season in the elite – finally interrupted by the coronavirus in March.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp praised the coolness of the referee and his assistants after the 2019 Supercopa. “There was so much pressure for this historic moment … They stayed calm and did what they did. they had to do. I could not have more respect for Stéphanie Frappart, “said the German technician.