Woman ref makes soccer history

ISTANBUL — In the highest-profile men’s game yet for a female referee, Stephanie Frappart made it look easy.

A month after she oversaw the Women’s World Cup final, the French ref dealt with everything in Wednesday’s European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea: players’ tantrums, soccer’s tangled handball rules, and the physical test of extra time.

Such was her control, her milestone presence was hardly felt in Liverpool’s 5-4 victory in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw through extra time.

Frappart had few problems keeping pace with the world’s top male players — a concern sometimes voiced by critics of female referees — and was quietly authoritative.

In the sixth minute, she made the crucial call not to give Liverpool a penalty when Sadio Mane’s scissor-kick shot hit Andreas Christensen’s arm. She also handed out three yellow cards in the match, and kept Chelsea’s players under control when they twice had goals ruled out for offside.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Woman-ref-makes-soccer-history-14305233.php.

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