Stephanie Frappart said she will prove that female officials are as competent as their male counterparts when she becomes the first woman to referee a major UEFA competition final on Thursday (according to Indian Standard Time).
Asked if she is afraid of being ‘double criticized’ for any mistakes made, Frappart said it is time for female referees to show they are as good as men. “We have to prove ourselves technically and physically that we are same as men. We are not afraid about (wrong decisions). We are ready.”
Frappart, who in April became the first female referee in France’s Ligue 1, also dismissed the idea that it is more difficult to officiate a men’s game. The Super Cup is an annual match played between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final last season, while Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League summit clash.