Nice-Nantes: Stephanie Fraparte, first woman appointed to referee in Coupe de France final

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Stephanie Fraparte will be on the whistle of the final of the Coupe de France between Nantes and Nice on 7 May. La Fransilien will also become the first woman to officiate in the Coupe de France final.

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If the Coupe de France still does not have a broadcaster, it has at least one referee. Stephanie Frapart (38) has been appointed by the Federal Commission of Referees, with the support of the FFF Executive Committee, to referee the final of the Coupe de France, making her the first woman to officiate at this level of the competition. The person concerned said she was “delighted and proud” of the decision and wanted to “thank the FFF” for the trust given.

For his part, the referee’s technical director Pascal Garibian underlined “his serious work and his performance” and indicated that the appointment is “quite deserving.” Frappart will be surrounded by Mikel Burchebrough, Benjamin Page and Willie Deljod, while Jeremy Pignard and Hamid Guénouy will be on video for this final between Aglons and Canaris.

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If this decision is a first in the history of the Coupe de France, it is not in Stephanie Fraparte’s career. After becoming the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match in April 2019 (Amiens-Strasbourg), the refereeing career took on a European dimension the same year she umpired consistently at the European Super Cup in August 2019 (Chelsea-Liverpool) Was. In the Champions League in December 2020 (Juventus-Dynamo Kyiv), again a great first for European competitions.

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Recently, Stephanie Fraparte also became the first woman to referee the World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands and Latvia in 2021. She is one of 13 referees selected to participate in the Women’s Euro next June.

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