Stephanie Frappart, the only woman to referee a men’s UEFA Champions League game

In an incredible match where Christiano Ronaldo raised his goal tally to 750, Juventus slowly eased to victory when facing Dynamo Kyiv in a match refereed by Stephanie Frappart. 

36-year old Stephanie made history by being the first female referee to officiate a  Champions League match in the men’s league. She officiated Juventus’ Group G match where Turin and Dynamo Kyiv faced each other. The Italians emerged victorious with a 3-0 score courtesy of goals by Christiano Ronaldo, Federico Chiesa, and Alvaro Morata.

This is not her first top tier game to have officiated. Last year in September, she officiated the final of the men’s UEFA Cup final, shattering another glass ceiling. The final was between Liverpool and Chelsea. 

A month prior to that game, Frappart was at the peak of her referee career in the women’s league. She oversaw the World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands, in France. 

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She was also one of the first female referees to lead a French Ligue one match when  Strasbourg played Amiens last year. In October, she took charge of the Leicester City versus Zorya Luhansk game. 

Who is Stephanie Frappart?

Born in 1983, the french football international referee has ranked on FIFA’s International Referees list since 2009. She has made several appearances on Ligue 1, achieving several milestones in her career. 2020 has been the culmination of her success, refereeing for the Champions League and the Europa League. 

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In a celebratory gesture of the new achievements made by Frappart, UEFA Champions League social media handle posted a series of highlight reels showing her officiating her first Champions League game. Fans followed suit and showered her with praise for her record-setting achievement. 

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