Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:52

 

Liverpool return to the scene of their most dramatic European triumph when the face Chelsea in Istanbul for the Super Cup tonight.

For any Liverpool fan, Istanbul brings back memories of the thrilling comeback from 3-0 down to win the Champions League final against AC Milan in 2005.

The Super Cup is little more than a ceremonial opener for the new European season, but a win could give Champions League winner Liverpool and already struggling Europa League winners Chelsea some valuable early-season momentum.

Stephanie Frappart will take charge of tonight's match, becoming the first woman to referee a major men's match in European competition.

It will be the first time that a female official has taken charge of a major UEFA men's competition showpiece match.

Frappart (35) has already created history in her native France, and she serves as a shining example of what can be achieved as a female referee. In April, she became the first female match official to take charge of a French domestic men’s Ligue 1 match when she officiated at the encounter between Amiens and Strasbourg. After several years of gathering experience in France’s men’s Ligue 2, she has been promoted on a permanent basis into the pool of referees for the 2019/20 Ligue 1 season.

She was appointed to take charge of the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands on home soil in Lyon in July. Now, she is relishing the prospect of her central role in next week’s curtain-raiser to the new UEFA club competition season.

Frappart will lead a team made up mostly of female officials. She will be accompanied by assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi (France) and Michelle O'Neill (Republic of Ireland). The fourth official will be Turkey's Cüneyt Çakır.