“If Liverpool can perform as well as a referee, then we will win the game 6:0.” Team coach Klopp said so. In the early morning of the 15th Beijing time, the Champions League Liverpool defeated the European champion Chelsea by a penalty shootout with a total score of 7:6, and won the European Super Cup for the fourth time. In the competition, three female referees, Frapar, Nick Rossi and O’Neill, made history – this is the first time in six years since the establishment of UEFA Women’s Referee Team.
In the penalty shootout, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian was suspected of moving ahead, and referee Frapar did not choose to look back at the VAR (video assistant referee), which caused controversy. The British “Mirror” also questioned another controversial penalty of the referee: “Chelsea defender Christensen’s handball in the penalty area was ignored. This is the biggest controversy in this game.”
The 35-year-old Frapar became the first female referee in the French Ligue in April this year, and was selected for the Women’s World Cup referee list this year. CNN commented on her: “Flapal has experienced a big scene. She has executed the finals of the US Women’s World Cup and the Netherlands this year. This experience has enabled him to cope with the pressure of the Super Bowl final.” Prior to this, Frapar became the French Football League referee in 2014, when she was also the only female referee of France. French “Team” in her debut in the French League, said: “She let us quickly remove the attention from her, this is the advantage that a referee should have.”
The two assistant referees of the Super Bowl are the Frenchman Man Nicolosi and the Irishman M. O’Neill. O’Neill said: “It feels good to be able to open the way for other female referees.”
Will more female referees enter the arena? CBS said that in the course of the NFL (National Professional Football League) in the past 99 years, only one female referee appeared. At the 2014 Brazil Men’s World Cup, Ulyana became the only female referee to participate in law enforcement. In April 2018, the US “Open-air Stand Sports” discussed the issue of female referees in the NBA. The popular female referee Holtkamp stated at the time that “I hope more women will join us in the future.” The BBC said that there are about 1,500 female referees in England, and the English Football Association hopes that this number will multiply.