Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart is set to take charge of Liverpool’s match against Chelsea in UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.
Stéphanie will make history as first woman to officiate men’s European final.
The 35-old referee will be helped by French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Irish Mitchell O’Neill.
The trio worked together in big games where they took over the final of the Women’s World Cup in France, but they will undoubtedly be in the spotlight in Istanbul.
Stéphanie commented, “I’m very happy, and it was really a surprise.
She added, “I didn’t expect to be given the Super Cup assignment – it’s a great honor for me, and for female referees as well.”
“I hope it serves as an example to female referees, and to any young girls who may aspire to be a referee.”
Frappart, who in April also became the first woman to play a Ligue 1 match, denied that it was harder to run a men’s match. “I think there are a lot of differences but football is one,” she said. “It’s the same rules so I will do as I do in a women’s match.”
Liverpool VS Chelsea
The UEFA Super Cup is set to be held tonight with Champions League winners Liverpool taking on Europa League victors Chelsea at the Besiktas Park in Istanbul.
It is a big opportunity for one of these two sides to win their first piece of silverware this season.
Keita and Nathaniel Clyne – will also be out for around six months with a knee injury – Klopp has a clean bill of health heading to Turkey.
The manager has hinted that Sadio Mane could start after coming on against Norwich, with Divock Origi the likely fall guy despite an impressive display at Anfield.
As for Chelsea, Lampard has a few selection dilemmas after the Blues’ 4-0 hammering against Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho; Pedro, Mount, Barkley; Abraham.
The UEFA Super Cup is held annually between Champions League and European Champions. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final last season while Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League final.