Stephanie Frappart becomes first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifying match as Netherlands beat Latvia
Stephanie Frappart reached another historic landmark by becoming the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifying match.
The 37-year-old officiated the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Latvia on Saturday.
Goals from Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong ensured the Netherlands bounced back from their opening 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat to Turkey three days earlier.
It was a straight forward evening for Frappart, who brandished yellow cards to Kriss Karklins, Janis Ikaunieks, Daley Blind and De Jong.
Frappart is used to making history.
The French-born official became the first woman to referee a Champions League match when Juventus beat Dynamo Kiev 3-0 last December.
Frappart’s other historic and first-ever accomplishments include refereeing the 2019 Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea and officiating a Ligue 1 match in the same year.
Kateryna Monzul will follow her female colleague’s lead when she referees a men’s World Cup qualifier between Austria and Faroe Islands on Sunday.
Pierluigi Collina, who is regarded as one of the world’s greatest ever referees, has praised Frappart and Monzul for the progress they have made in football.
He said: “Although they already had some matches in important men’s competitions under their belts, officiating a FIFA World Cup qualifier for the first time is special and is something to be very proud of.
“They have worked very hard in recent years and these appointments are recognition for the good job that they have done.”