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Stephanie Frappart to become the first woman to take charge of a Men’s World Cup match

History beckons as French referee Stephanie Frappart is set to become the first woman to take charge of a FIFA World Cup match when Costa Rica face Germany in the last round of group matches.

Stephanie Frappart, who officiated in two matches in the qualifiers of FIFA World Cup, has been appointed as the referee in Germany’s crucial clash against Costa Rica in the last round of group matches of World Cup. FIFA made this historic appointment along with two women as assistants to Frappart — Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina. Thus, the 44th of the 64 games of this edition of World Cup will have an all-female refereeing team on the field for the match.

Frappart has officiated in six matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup competitions in Canada in 2015 and in France in 2019. She was the fourth official in the 0-0 draw between Mexico and Poland that made her the first woman to occupy the role at a Men’s World Cup.

Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez said, ““It is difficult to reach the level she has reached. It is another positive step for football. It shows that football is for everyone.”

In this season, Frappart officiated in 13 matches across different competitions, awarding six penalties and 53 yellow cards.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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