Frenchwoman becomes 1st female to referee a men's World Cup Qualifying match

Frenchwoman becomes 1st female to referee a men's World Cup Qualifying match

- Stephanie Frappart was in charge of the game between Netherlands and Latvia

- The Frenchwoman became the first female to referee a World Cup qualifying game

- Frappart is also the first woman to take charge of a Champions League game

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French football referee Stephanie Frappart has once again written her name in history books of the round leather by becoming the first woman to officiate a World Cup qualifying game.

The 37-year-old landed the great achievement on Saturday, March 27, during the World Cup qualifier between Netherlands and Latvia.

Netherlands started the match impressively, but they had to wait until the 32nd minute before scoring the first goal of the encounter through Steven Berghuis.

Latvia tried all their best to make sure that they restore parity before the end of the first half, but they were unable to break Netherlands defense in the tough encounter.

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They continued with their efforts in the second half against Netherlands who will have their goalkeeper to thank for impressive saves.

Luuk de Jong scored the second and winning goal for Netherlands in the 69th minute for the match to end in a 2-0 defeat for Latvia.

Earlier this season Stephanie Frappart became the first female to take charge of a Champions League match, when Juventus faced Dynamo Kiev in December.

She is also the first female referee to have overseen a major men's European final when she took charge of the UEFA Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea in September, 2019.

Stephanie Frappart.
Stephanie Frappart in action. Photo by ANP Sport
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Earlier, had reported how Brazilian legend Ronaldinho increased his alcohol intake according to the latest reports from his home country; a situation aggravated by the death of his mother.

The worrying news claim that the former Barcelona and AC Milan superstar has been drinking heavily with close friends from morning till night.

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Ronaldinho has lost his beloved mother two months after the 71-year-old was tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.

Dona Miguelina was said to have passed on after failure in battle against the virus while in hospital.

Ronaldinho personally contracted deadly coronavirus just weeks after being released from jail.

The World Cup winner was accused to have used a fake passport to enter Paraguay and was detained inside prison for 32 days by the government before he was released.

Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu

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