Football: Trio break new ground for women referees

Another sporting glass ceiling will be shattered on Thursday morning (NZT) when Liverpool face Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Turkey.

For the first time in a major European men's football competition, three female officials will be in charge.

Having refereed this year's women's World Cup Final, Stephanie Frappart's no stranger to the big occasion and she's also no stranger to men's football.

Irishwoman Michelle O'Neill and Italian Manuela Nicolosi will run the sideline for Frappart, as the trio inspire the next generation of women in sport.

"That you're leading the way and opening the doors and opening the pathway for these little kids," said Frappart. "That's pretty special."

While Liverpool and Chelsea hope to write their own history on the pitch, they're embracing the impact having a female referee will have off it.

"That's a very smart decision that we can finally bring a women in to be a referee in a very important game," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"I will have my best face, otherwise my mum will be angry."

European football is now set to welcome a new era of equality at one of its showpiece events.

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