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Stephanie Frappart Will Become The First Woman To Referee A Men's Champions League Game

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Stephanie Frappart Will Become The First Woman To Referee A Men's Champions League Game

Stephanie Frappart is set to make history on Wednesday night, when she becomes the first female referee to take charge of a men's Champions League game.

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French official Frappart will be in charge of Juventus' Gameweek five group game at home to Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old is no stranger to 'firsts.' She became the first woman to referee a French Ligue 1 game last year when Amiens played Strasbourg.

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A few months after that she was breaking records again. In September 2019 her officiating of Chelsea vs Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup made her the first female official of a major UEFA men's match.

And, having refereed the women's World Cup final in 2019 as well, in which USA beat Netherlands, she really is no stranger to handling the big occasions.

In October she officiated her first Europa League game for Leicester City's game against Zorya Luhansk so Wednesday's game is the natural next step.

Frappart during the UEFA Super Cup. Image: PA Images
Frappart during the UEFA Super Cup. Image: PA Images
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Juventus, along with Barcelona, have already qualified from Group G with two games remaining. The Italian's only dropped points were in losing the first meeting against the La Liga giants, who they face again on Matchday six.

Andrea Pirlo's side's form in domestic competition is less consistent, with the Serie A defending champions having won four and drawn five of their opening nine games, and drawing three of the last five.

That form means they're in the strange position of looking up the table, currently sitting fourth and six points behind leaders AC Milan, after nine years of winning the title.

It won't be plain sailing for the Old Lady against Kiev either. Last time out in the Champions League they required an injury time winner from Alvaro Morata to secure three points against Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

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Uzuni busts out the Ronaldo celebration. Image: PA Images
Uzuni busts out the Ronaldo celebration. Image: PA Images

The Turin side even went behind thanks to a goal from Myrto Uzuni, who celebrated in perfect style by busting out Cristiano Ronaldo's famous "SIUUUUUU!" celebration.

Kyiv are in need of points, they obviously can't qualify for the next round of the Champions League but they are level with Ferencvaros on one point at the bottom of the group.

The game against the two sides on the final group game will decide who goes through to the Europa League in the new year.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Serie A, referee, Juventus, Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, European Football

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