Frappart becomes first woman to referee men’s World Cup qualifier

France’s Stephanie Frappart served as an on-field referee during Netherlands’ World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

Stephanie Frappart shows a yellow card to Netherlands’ Luuk de Jong during the World Cup qualifier on Saturday.   -  AP

Stephanie Frappart reached another milestone on Saturday when she became the first female referee to take charge of a men's World Cup qualifier during the Netherlands' 2-0 win over Latvia in Amsterdam.

Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong scored either side of half-time as the Netherlands got its 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying hopes back on track after a shock 4-2 loss to Turkey in its opening match.

Earlier in December, Frenchwoman Frappart became the first female official to take charge of a men’s Champions League match when Italian champion Juventus defeated Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 in the group stage in Turin.

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She also refereed the Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019, and the women's World Cup final between the U.S. and the Netherlands the same year.

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