French referee Stephanie Frappart made history on Wednesday night when she became the first female to referee a men’s UEFA Champions League match between Juventus-Dynamo Kyiv.
The 36-year-old Frenchwoman had previously refereed two Europa League matches and has taken charge of 18 matches in La Liga since making her debut in the French top flight in April last year. She became the first female referee to officiate a major men’s European final when she took charge of the UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea in September, 2019. Just a month prior to that, Frappart had seemingly reached the pinnacle to women’s refereeing when she took charge of the World Cup final between the US and the Netherlands in France. She also refereed the Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea last year.