Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a match in the World Cup when she presides over Costa Rica vs Germany on Thursday night. When asked about the appointment, Hansi Flick backed the French referee, who will make history.
“I have 100% trust in the referee,” said Flick. “She deserves it because of her performances. I hope she’s looking forward to the game as much as we are. We all hope we’ll see a good performance tomorrow.”
As reported via our colleagues at Get French Football News, Frappart made her first appearance in Ligue 1 in 2019. As well as officiating in the top flight of French football, she was also the first woman to lead officiating for a UEFA Champions League match, between Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv.
Frappart leads an all-female team for Costa Rica vs Germany which includes assistant referees Neuza Back (Brazil) and Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico). The 38-year-old was the fourth official in Mexico’s goalless draw against Poland.
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