Stéphanie Frappart takes centre stage in big moment for women in football | Suzanne Wrack

A team of female officials taking charge of the European Super Cup will change the way women are perceived in the game

There are few arenas in football that provide the visual challenge to the way society views female involvement in ‘a man’s game’ than the sight of a female referee.

We may have the first generation of elite female professional footballers, and an increasing pool of female managers (eight of the 12 managing in the Women’s Super League are women) but we will not see Ellen White lining up alongside Harry Kane in front of tens of thousands of fans and, despite the chatter following Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea exit, we are a world away from the likes of Emma Hayes being given a chance in the top tiers of the English men’s game.

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