For the first time in the history of the competition, a UEFA Champions League match, Juventus FC vs Dinamo Kiev, was refereed by a woman. This is the French referee Stéphanie Frappart. No problem for the 36-year-old, who directed Cristiano Ronaldo and all the other soccer players with great professionalism and confidence.
Dinamo Kiev protested for a possible penalty kick due to a Bonucci holding on Verbic during the first half, but the foul appeared to be nonexistent. Juventus beat Dinamo Kiev for 3-0, with goals from Federico Chiesa, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
Juve, already qualified for the round of 16 of the competition, will face FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou next week in the last daymatch of the group stage: the challenge between CR7 and Lionel Messi therefore seems finally ready.
Stephanie Frappart was 13 when she began refereeing, climbing step by step in the footsteps of two pioneers, Switzerland's Nicole Petignat, the first woman to referee the UEFA Cup in 2003, and Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus, the first female referee in a major league European.
She said: "It is a privilege, an honor and a responsibility at the same time. I hope my career will encourage young women to be involved as referees."
Stephanie Frappart: the first woman to referee in the Champions League!
Among the many compliments received in recent years, also that of the Liverpool manager, Juergen Klopp, after the 2019 Super Cup final won by Liverpool FC against Chelsea FC: "There was a lot of pressure for this historic moment but she remained calm and he did everything to his best.
He deserves the utmost respect. Not much is known about her private life, while professionally there are a number of milestones that have also led her to win a Globe Soccer Award in 2019 in the Best Referee of the Year category.
From 2009 he became an international referee in the women's field, also directing two matches during the 2015 World Cup in Canada and two matches at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as another 13 matches in the Women's Champions League and the semifinal of UEFA Women's EURO 2017 between Holland and England.
Stephanie Frappart, before the 2019 European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, said: "We have proved that technically and physically we are like men. We are not afraid to make mistakes. My life has changed and now I am more popular in the world.
I have already made my debut in the world. Ligue 1, so I know my emotions and I know how to manage them: I trained for that too. "