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Women referees make history by serving at a men’s World Cup for the first time

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FEMALE REFEREES will be used for the first time at a Men’s World Championship.

French Stéphanie Frappart, 38, Rwandan midwife Salima Mukasanga, 34, and Japanese fitness instructor Yoshimi Yamashita, 36, will all perform.

AFP

Frenchwoman Stéphanie Frappart, 38, will compete at the World Cup[/caption]

It is the first time in the 92-year history of football’s most prestigious tournament that a woman has officiated a game.

38-year-old French Frappart previously made history as the first woman to referee matches in France’s Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League and World Cup qualifiers.

She became a FIFA qualified referee in 2009.

Frappart said of host country Qatar imposing strict rules on women: “I will go there for the competition. I wouldn’t go there for the sake of the environment”

“But maybe this World Cup will improve women’s rights in the country.”

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Rwandan midwife Mukansanga, 34, and Japanese personal trainer Yamashita, 36, have also been chosen to act on the global stage.

The fleet of women officials said they were confident of whistling in front of a global audience questioning their every decision.

Legendary referee Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the Referees Committee, said: “For us, they are referees, they are match officials.”

Collina, who refereed the 2002 World Cup final, added that the women were not selected based on gender and would be allowed to referee games involving conservative nations such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.


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